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The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

A Third Strand for DNA Nanotechnology Event

David A Rusling
13:00 - 14:00
15 February 2017
Life Sciences Building 85, Room 2207, Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Selina Barry on 24794 or email .

Event details

Biological Sciences Seminar Series Programme 2016 - 2017



Abstract: DNA has proved to be a versatile polymer for the directed self-assembly of custom 2D and 3D objects, lattices and devices bearing features on the nanometre scale. The key to its success lies in our ability to (1) synthesise short strands of DNA with any desired base sequence; (2) program these strands to form double-helices through Watson-Crick base pairing interactions, and (3) exploit these double-helices as secondary structural elements, most often by strand exchange through the formation of crossover junctions. However, by itself DNA is rather inert and methods that allow the functionalisation of designer DNA scaffolds with biological and chemical components are highly sought after. Towards this end we have developed the triplex approach to DNA recognition as a means to introduce various non-nucleic acid components into DNA nanostructures by their chemical attachment to triplex-forming oligonucleotides. Here we will discuss the properties and requirements of triplex DNA with a view to their application in the functionalisation of DNA nanostructures for drug delivery, nanotechnology and structural biology.




Speaker information

Dr David Rusling,Dr David Rusling is Lecturer of Pharmacology and Principal Investigator of Nucleic Acids in Biological Sciences

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