Regulating the dynamic folding of a DNA hairpin at the expense of a small, molecular fuel

29 September 2021, Version 1
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


Molecular machines, such as ATPases or motor proteins, couple the catalysis of a chemical reaction, most commonly hydrolysis of nucleotide triphosphates, to their conformational change. In essence, they continuously convert a chemical fuel to drive their motion. An outstanding goal of nanotechnology remains to synthesize a nanomachine with similar functions, precision, and speed. The field of DNA nan- otechnology has given rise to the engineering precision required for such a device. Simultaneously, the field of systems chemistry developed fast chemical reaction cycles that convert fuel to change the function of molecules. In this work, we thus combined a fast, chemical reaction cycle with the precision of DNA nanotechnology to yield kinetic control over the conformational state of a DNA hairpin. Future work on such systems will result in fast and precise DNA nanodevices.


DNA Nanotechnology
Chemical Fuel
DNA Machines


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