New publication in ACS Synthetic Biology Origami
Designing Uniquely Addressable Bio-orthogonal Synthetic Scaffolds for DNA and RNA Origami
Jerzy Kozyra, Alessandro Ceccarelli, Emanuela Torelli, Annunziata Lopiccolo, Jing-Ying Gu, Harold Fellermann, Ulrich Stimming, and Natalio Krasnogor
Nanotechnology and synthetic biology are rapidly converging, with DNA origami being one of the leading bridging technologies. DNA origami was shown to work well in a wide array of biotic environments. However, the large majority of extant DNA origami scaffolds utilize bacteriophages or plasmid sequences thus severely limiting its future applicability as a bio-orthogonal nanotechnology platform. In this paper we present the design of biologically inert (i.e., “bio-orthogonal”) origami scaffolds. The synthetic scaffolds have the additional advantage of being uniquely addressable (unlike biologically derived ones) and hence are better optimized for high-yield folding. We demonstrate our fully synthetic scaffold design with both DNA and RNA origamis and describe a protocol to produce these bio-orthogonal and uniquely addressable origami scaffolds.