Enzymatic Ligation of Large Biomolecules to DNA

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The ability to synthesize, characterize and manipulate DNA forms the foundation of a range of advanced disciplines including genomics, molecular biology and biomolecular engineering. In particular for the latter field, DNA has proven useful as a structural or functional component in nanoscale self-assembled structures, antisense therapeutics, microarray diagnostics, and biosensors. Such applications frequently require DNA to be modified and conjugated to other macromolecules, including proteins, polymers, or fatty acids in order to equip the system with properties required for a particular application. However, conjugation of DNA to large molecular components using classical chemistries often suffers from suboptimal yields. Here, we report the use of Terminal deoxynucleotidyl Transferase (TdT) for direct enzymatic ligation of native DNA to nucleotide triphosphates coupled to proteins and other large macromolecules. We demonstrate facile synthesis routes for a range of NTP-activated macromolecules and subsequent ligation to the 3’ hydroxyl group of oligodeoxynucleotides using TdT. The reaction is highly specific and proceeds rapidly and essentially to completion at micromolar concentrations. As a proof of principle, parallelly labeled oligonucleotides were used to produce nanopatterned DNA origami structures, demonstrating rapid and versatile incorporation of non-DNA components into DNA nanoarchitectures.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftACS Nano
Vol/bind7
Nummer9
Sider (fra-til)8098-8104
Antal sider7
ISSN1936-0851
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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  • DNA Nanoteknologi, Biokonjugering, Enzymatiske reaktioner

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