Cerium chloride stimulated controlled conversion of B-to-Z DNA in self-assembled nanostructures.

Title Cerium chloride stimulated controlled conversion of B-to-Z DNA in self-assembled nanostructures.
Authors M.M. Bhanjadeo; A.K. Nayak; U. Subudhi
Journal Biochem Biophys Res Commun
DOI 10.1016/j.bbrc.2016.11.133

DNA adopts different conformation not only because of novel base pairs but also while interacting with inorganic or organic compounds. Self-assembled branched DNA (bDNA) structures or DNA origami that change conformation in response to environmental cues hold great promises in sensing and actuation at the nanoscale. Recently, the B-Z transition in DNA is being explored to design various nanomechanical devices. In this communication we have demonstrated that Cerium chloride binds to the phosphate backbone of self-assembled bDNA structure and induce B-to-Z transition at physiological concentration. The mechanism of controlled conversion from right-handed to left-handed has been assayed by various dye binding studies using CD and fluorescence spectroscopy. Three different bDNA structures have been identified to display B-Z transition. This approach provides a rapid and reversible means to change bDNA conformation, which can be used for dynamic and progressive control at the nanoscale.

Citation M.M. Bhanjadeo; A.K. Nayak; U. Subudhi.Cerium chloride stimulated controlled conversion of B-to-Z DNA in self-assembled nanostructures.. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2017;482(4):916921. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2016.11.133

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