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Nucleic acids research

A DNA nanoswitch-controlled reversible nanosensor.


PMID 27899631

Abstract

We present a conceptually new reversible nanosensor regulated by a DNA nanoswitch. This system is not only responsive to external stimuli (e.g. ATP) but also can be reversibly switched between 'OFF' and 'ON' states via toehold mediated strand displacement reactions. It functions like a molecular net woven by DNA to capture or release the target molecules. As a proof-of-principle experiment, ATP is here chosen as the model to demonstrate our new strategy, which holds great promise for applications such as switchable DNA nanomachines and nanocarriers for drug delivery.