A DNA origami-based device for investigating DNA bending proteins by transmission electron microscopy

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2023-01-17
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Nanoscale
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The DNA origami technique offers precise positioning of nanoscale objects with high accuracy. This has facilitated the development of DNA origami-based functional nanomechanical devices that enable the investigation of DNA–protein interactions at the single particle level. Herein, we used the DNA origami technique to fabricate a nanoscale device for studying DNA bending proteins. For a proof of concept, we used TATA-box binding protein (TBP) to evaluate our approach. Upon binding to the TATA box, TBP causes a bend to DNA of ∼90°. Our device translates this bending into an angular change that is readily observable with a conventional transmission electron microscope (TEM). Furthermore, we investigated the roles of transcription factor II A (TF(II)A) and transcription factor II B (TF(II)B). Our results indicate that TF(II)A introduces additional bending, whereas TF(II)B does not significantly alter the TBP–DNA structure. Our approach can be readily adopted to a wide range of DNA-bending proteins and will aid the development of DNA-origami-based devices tailored for the investigation of DNA–protein interactions.
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Natarajan , A K , Ryssy , J & Kuzyk , A 2023 , ' A DNA origami-based device for investigating DNA bending proteins by transmission electron microscopy ' , Nanoscale , vol. 15 , no. 7 , pp. 3212-3218 . https://doi.org/10.1039/D2NR05366G