DNA-Based Synthetic Growth Factor Surrogates with Fine-Tuned Agonism

Designing synthetic surrogates of functional proteins is an important, albeit challenging, task in the field of chemistry. A strategy toward the design of synthetic agonists for growth factors or cytokine receptors that elicit a desired signal activity has been in high demand, as such ligands hold great promise as safer and more effective therapeutics. In the present study, we used a DNA aptamer as a building block and described the strategy-guided design of a synthetic receptor agonist with fine-tuned agonism.