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Journal Article

Interlocked DNA nanojoints for reversible thermal sensing


Famulok,  Michael
Max Planck Fellow Chemical Biology, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar), Max Planck Society;

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Ma, Y., Centola, M., Keppner, D., & Famulok, M. (2020). Interlocked DNA nanojoints for reversible thermal sensing. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 59(30), 12455-12459. doi:10.1002/anie.202003991.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-EAE3-2
The ability to precisely measure and monitor temperature at high resolution at the nanoscale is an important task for better understanding the thermodynamic properties of functional entities at the nanoscale in complex systems, or at the level of a single cell. However, the development of high‐resolution and robust thermal nanosensors is challenging. The design, assembly, and characterization of a group of thermal‐responsive deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) joints, consisting of two interlocked double‐stranded DNA (dsDNA) rings, is described. The DNA nanojoints reversibly switch between the static and mobile state at different temperatures without a special annealing process. The temperature response range of the DNA nanojoint can be easily tuned by changing the length or the sequence of the hybridized region in its structure, and because of its interlocked structure the temperature response range of the DNA nanojoint is largely unaffected by its own concentration; this contrasts with systems that consist of separated components.