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Biophysics

, Volume 58, Issue 6, pp 775–790 | Cite as

Structural nucleic acid nanotechnology: Liquid-crystalline approach

  • Yu. M. Yevdokimov
  • V. I. Salyanov
  • E. I. Katz
  • S. G. Skuridin
Molecular Biophysics

Abstract

The properties of the particles of cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersions formed by double-stranded DNA molecules obtained as a result of phase exclusion of these molecules from water-salt polymer-containing solutions are briefly described. Physicochemical properties of quasinematic layers of dispersion particles and double-stranded DNA molecules in their content are taken into account in the course of developing fundamental background of the liquid-crystalline approach to the DNA structural nanotechnology. According to different versions of this approach, which is based on intraparticle gelation of cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersions, spatial structures (DNA nanoconstructions, “rigid” DNA particles) with unique properties, are created. By means of atomic force microscopy images of “rigid” DNA particles of different type are registered. Specific properties of metallic nanoparticles (in particular, gold nanoparticles) are considered while developing the other approach to DNA structural nanotechnology, which provides the basis for “metallized” DNA nanoconstructions.

Keywords

nanotechnology nucleic acids DNA liquid-crystalline dispersions DNA-based nanoconstructions structure of DNA liquid crystals 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu. M. Yevdokimov
    • 1
  • V. I. Salyanov
    • 1
  • E. I. Katz
    • 2
  • S. G. Skuridin
    • 1
  1. 1.Engelhardt Institute of Molecular BiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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