Dna nanodevices as mechanical probes of protein structure and function

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DNA nanotechnology has reported a wide range of structurally tunable scaffolds with precise control over their size, shape and mechanical properties. One promising application of these nanodevices is as probes for protein function or determination of protein structure. In this perspective we cover several recent examples in this field, including determining the effect of ligand spacing and multivalency on cell activation, applying forces at the nanoscale, and helping to solve protein structure by cryo-EM. We also highlight some future directions in the chemistry necessary for integrating proteins with DNA nanoscaffolds, as well as opportunities for computational modeling of hybrid protein-DNA nanomaterials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2802
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 2 2021


  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Mechanical nanodevices
  • Protein-DNA biomaterials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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