A Synthetic DNA Molecule in Three Knotted Topologies

Shou Ming Du, Nadrian C. Seeman, B. David Stollar

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The construction of knotted topologies is a key goal of stereochemistry. In order to measure the chiral properties of knotted molecules, it is necessary to produce both enantiomers of a knot from the same molecule. A molecule containing the same backbone structure that is an amphichiral knot can provide a useful control molecule for such measurements. In the case of molecules with chiral backbones, configurational chirality, exclusive of the chirality due to knotting, must be measured from the circle of the same sequence. Trefoil knots of both chiralities, an amphichiral knot, and an unknotted circular molecule have all been constructed by enzymatic closure of the same linear DNA molecule. The molecule contains two double helical domains that can be induced to assume the right-handed B conformation or the left-handed Z conformation under selected solution conditions. The molecules expected to contain left-handed DNA have been shown to bind an anti-Z-DNA antibody in gel-retention assays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1194-1200
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995


  • DNA branched junctions
  • DNA knots
  • DNA topology
  • control of polymer structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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