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Four-Layered Intramolecular Parallel G‑Quadruplex with Non-Nucleotide Loops: An Ultra-Stable Self-Folded DNA Nano-Scaffold

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posted on 2021-12-20, 13:03 authored by Gitali Devi, Fernaldo Richtia Winnerdy, Jason Cheng Yu Ang, Kah Wai Lim, Anh Tuân Phan
A four-stranded scaffold of nucleic acids termed G-quadruplex (G4) has found growing applications in nano- and biotechnology. Propeller loops are a hallmark of the most stable intramolecular parallel-stranded G4s. To date, propeller loops have been observed to span only a maximum of three G-tetrad layers. Going beyond that would allow creation of more stable scaffolds useful for building robust nanodevices. Here we investigate the formation of propeller loops spanning more than three layers. We show that native nucleotide sequences are incompatible toward this goal, and we report on synthetic non-nucleotide linkers that form a propeller loop across four layers. With the established linkers, we constructed a four-layered intramolecular parallel-stranded G4, which exhibited ultrahigh thermal stability. Control on loop design would augment the toolbox toward engineering of G4-based nanoscaffolds for diverse applications.