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Preservation of DNA Nanostructure Carriers: Effects of Freeze–Thawing and Ionic Strength during Lyophilization and Storage

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posted on 2017-05-26, 00:00 authored by Bing Zhu, Yan Zhao, Jiangbing Dai, Jianbang Wang, Shu Xing, Linjie Guo, Nan Chen, Xiangmeng Qu, Li Li, Juwen Shen, Jiye Shi, Jiang Li, Lihua Wang
DNA nanostructures have attracted wide interest in biomedical applications, especially as nanocarriers for drug delivery. Therefore, it is important to ensure the structural integrity of DNA nanostructures under ambient temperature storage. In this study, we examined lyophilization-based preservation of DNA nanostructures by investigating the structural integrity of different DNA nanostructures reconstituted from lyophilization. We demonstrated that lyophilization under appropriate ionic strength is amenable to the storage of DNA nanostructures. Compared with that stored in liquid solution, DNA nanostructure carriers reconstituted from lyophilization showed significantly better structural integrity after an accelerated aging test equivalent to 100-day room-temperature storage.

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