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Multiple DNA Architectures with the Participation of Inorganic Metal Ions
- Wei, Guangcheng, Dong, Renhao, Gao, Xuedong, Wang, Dong, Feng, Lei, Song, Shasha, Dong, Shuli, Song, Aixin, Hao, Jingcheng
- ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2014 v.6 no.17 pp. 14919-14922
- DNA, chemical elements, coordination compounds, crystals, engineering, geometry, metal ions
- Here we develop a synthetic protocol for assembling DNA with participating metal ions into multiple shapes. DNA molecules first form coordination complexes with metal ions and these coordination complexes become nucleation sites for primary crystals of metal inorganic salt, and then elementary units of space-filling architectures based on specific geometry form, and finally elementary units assemble into variously larger multiple architectures according to different spatial configurations. We anticipate that our strategy for self-assembling various custom architectures is applicable to most biomolecules possessing donor atoms that can form coordination complexes with metal ions. These multiple architectures provide a general platform for the engineering and assembly of advanced materials possessing features on the micrometer scale and having novel activity.