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Single-stranded DNA and RNA origami

Han D, Qi X, Myhrvold C, Wang B, Dai M, Jiang S, Bates M, Liu Y, An B, Zhang F, Yan H, Yin P , (). Single-stranded DNA and RNA origami Science . 358(6369),


Self-folding of an information-carrying polymer into a defined structure is foundational to biology and offers attractive potential as a synthetic strategy. Although multicomponent self-assembly has produced complex synthetic nanostructures, unimolecular folding has seen limited progress. We describe a framework to design and synthesize a single DNA or RNA strand to self-fold into a complex yet unknotted structure that approximates an arbitrary user-prescribed shape. We experimentally construct diverse multikilobase single-stranded structures, including a ~10,000-nucleotide (nt) DNA structure and a ~6000-nt RNA structure. We demonstrate facile replication of the strand in vitro and in living cells. The work here thus establishes unimolecular folding as a general strategy for constructing complex and replicable nucleic acid nanostructures, and expands the design space and material scalability for bottom-up nanotechnology.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aao2648

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