Controlling the stoichiometry and strand polarity of a tetramolecular G-quadruplex structure by using a DNA origami frame.

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Abstract

Guanine-rich oligonucleotides often show a strong tendency to form supramolecular architecture, the so-called G-quadruplex structure. Because of the biological significance, it is now considered to be one of the most important conformations of DNA. Here, we describe the direct visualization and single-molecule analysis of the formation of a tetramolecular G-quadruplex in KCl solution. The conformational changes were carried out by incorporating two duplex DNAs, with G-G mismatch repeats in the middle, inside a DNA origami frame and monitoring the topology change of the strands. In the absence of KCl, incorporated duplexes had no interaction and laid parallel to each other. Addition of KCl induced the formation of a G-quadruplex structure by stably binding the duplexes to each other in the middle. Such a quadruplex formation allowed the DNA synapsis without disturbing the duplex regions of the participating sequences, and resulted in an X-shaped structure that was monitored by atomic force microscopy. Further, the G-quadruplex formation in KCl solution and its disruption in KCl-free buffer were analyzed in real-time. The orientation of the G-quadruplex is often difficult to control and investigate using traditional biochemical methods. However, our method using DNA origami could successfully control the strand orientations, topology and stoichiometry of the G-quadruplex.

Journal

  • Nucleic acids research

    Nucleic acids research 41(18), 8738-8747, 2013-10

    Oxford University Press

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    120005347132
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00760269
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    journal article
  • ISSN
    0305-1048
  • Data Source
    IR 
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