Multiply Modified Repeating DNA Templates for Production of Novel DNA-Based Nanomaterial

Liat Katrivas, Benjamin Kempinski, Kfir Kuchuk, Uri Sivan, Alexander Kotlyar*

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Here, we report synthesis of long (thousands of base pairs), uniform double-stranded (ds) DNA comprising short (6-15 base pairs) tandem repeats. The synthesis method is based on self-assembly of short (6-15 bases) half-complementary 5′-end phosphorylated single-stranded oligonucleotides into long ds polymer molecules and covalent association of the oligonucleotide fragments in the polymer by DNA ligase to yield complete non-nicked ds DNA. The method is very flexible in regard to the sequence of the oligonucleotides and their length. Human telomeric DNA comprising thousands of base pairs as well as methylated, mismatched, and fluorescent dye-modified uniform dsDNA molecules can be synthesized. We have demonstrated by high resolution frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy that the structure of DNA containing mismatches is strongly different from that of the non-mismatched one. The DNA molecules comprising groups capable of anchoring metal particles and other redox active elements along the whole length of the nucleic acid polymer should find use as wires or transistors in future nanoelectronic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2201-2208
Number of pages8
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 21 Aug 2019


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