Monday, October 14, 2019

Perfect conditions for precision nanostructures

Protein-folded DNA nanostructures offer a new building material for biotechnology.


​By using proteins that naturally bind and arrange DNA inside cells, a KAUST-led team has devised a plug-and-play strategy for building stable, custom-designed nanostructures.

The versatile yet straightforward method for designing hybrid DNA-protein assemblages now provides engineers with a nanoscale platform for solving problems in science. “The DNA-protein nanotechnology has potential applications in many fields, including medicine, biotechnology and analytical chemistry,” says KAUST’s Professor Satoshi Habuchi, who led the study.

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Image: This air-plasma (the violet-blue glow) facility was used to treat the sample grids used in electron microscopy.
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