Functionalizing designer DNA crystals with a triple-helical veneer

David A. Rusling, Arun Richard Chandrasekaran, Yoel P. Ohayon, Tom Brown, Keith R. Fox, Ruojie Sha, Chengde Mao, Nadrian C. Seeman

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DNA is a very useful molecule for the programmed self-assembly of 2D and 3D nanoscale objects.1 The design of these structures exploits Watson-Crick hybridization and strand exchange to stitch linear duplexes into finite assemblies.2-4 The dimensions of these complexes can be increased by over five orders of magnitude through self-assembly of cohesive single-stranded segments (sticky ends).5, 6 Methods that exploit the sequence addressability of DNA nanostructures will enable the programmable positioning of components in 2D and 3D space, offering applications such as the organization of nanoelectronics,7 the direction of biological cascades,8 and the structure determination of periodically positioned molecules by X-ray diffraction.9 To this end we present a macroscopic 3D crystal based on the 3-fold rotationally symmetric tensegrity triangle3, 6 that can be functionalized by a triplex-forming oligonucleotide on each of its helical edges. Not so crystal clear: A macroscopic DNA crystal is presented based on the 3-fold symmetrical tensegrity triangle that has been functionalized with a triplex-forming oligonucleotide at each of its double-helical edges. Attachment of a fluorescent dye to the oligonucleotide led to its incorporation within the asymmetric unit cell of the crystal and yielded colored DNA crystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3979-3982
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 7 2014


  • DNA crystal
  • nanostructure
  • self-assembly
  • tensegrity
  • triple-helix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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