Navigation Links
Researchers find gold nanoparticles capable of 'unzipping' DNA
Date:6/20/2012

New research from North Carolina State University finds that gold nanoparticles with a slight positive charge work collectively to unravel DNA's double helix. This finding has ramifications for gene therapy research and the emerging field of DNA-based electronics.

"We began this work with the goal of improving methods of packaging genetic material for use in gene therapy," says Dr. Anatoli Melechko, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research. Gene therapy is an approach for addressing certain medical conditions by modifying the DNA in relevant cells.

The research team introduced gold nanoparticles, approximately 1.5 nanometers in diameter, into a solution containing double-stranded DNA. The nanoparticles were coated with organic molecules called ligands. Some of the ligands held a positive charge, while others were hydrophobic meaning they were repelled by water.

Because the gold nanoparticles had a slight positive charge from the ligands, and DNA is always negatively charged, the DNA and nanoparticles were pulled together into complex packages.

"However, we found that the DNA was actually being unzipped by the gold nanoparticles," Melechko says. The positively-charged ligands on the nanoparticles attached to the DNA as predicted, but the hydrophobic ligands of the nanoparticles became tangled with each other. As this tangling pulled the nanoparticles into clusters, the nanoparticles pulled the DNA apart. Video of the process is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M-58niEOpU

"We think gold nanoparticles still hold promise for gene therapy," says Dr. Yaroslava Yingling, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at NC State and co-author of the paper. "But it's clear that we need to tailor the ligands, charge and chemistry of these materials to ensure the DNA's structural integrity is not compromised."

The finding is also relevant to research on DNA-based electronics, which hopes to use DNA as a template for creating nanoelectronic circuits. Because some work in that field involves placing metal nanoparticles on DNA, this finding indicates that researchers will have to pay close attention to the characteristics of those nanoparticles or risk undermining the structural integrity of the DNA.


'/>"/>
Contact: Matt Shipman
matt_shipman@ncsu.edu
919-515-6386
North Carolina State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. NIH awards $20 million over 5 years to train next generation of global health researchers
2. Researchers develop a new cell and animal model of inflammatory breast cancer
3. Researchers uncover a viable way for colorectal cancer patients to overcome drug resistance
4. Researchers Find Gene Mutations That May Be a Key to Autism
5. Researchers find evidence of banned antibiotics in poultry products
6. NJ stroke researchers report advances in spatial neglect research at AAN Conference
7. Autism by the numbers: Yale researchers examine impact of new diagnostic criteria
8. Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence
9. Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness
10. Researchers Develop Blood Test for Depression
11. University of Cincinnati researchers win $3.7M grant from US Department of Defense
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Researchers find gold nanoparticles capable of 'unzipping' DNA
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... “Natural Language Processing–Enabled and Conventional Data Capture Methods for Input to Electronic Health ... . , Results of the comparative usability study demonstrate that a dictation-based method ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Mirixa Corporation , ... and other pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced the promotions of Karen Litsinger ... vice president of sales. , Litsinger joined Mirixa in 2008 after serving ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... With the increasing demand for ... In Your Mouth?” (WIYM) campaign to inform dentists and patients about the safety issues ... implant and prosthetic market in the U.S. is projected to reach $6.4 billion in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... , ... Premier Fitness Camp (PFC) and The Chopra Center for Wellbeing announced ... program, at their world headquarters of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in San ... seeking weight loss, personal development, a healthy lifestyle, or mental and physical healing. The ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... continuity to its innovative Unified Instance Manager architecture, meeting the needs of ... new version optimizes the unattended auto-dialing system without agents, Presence Robodialer, provides ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... , December 8, 2016 Information products ... metrics in Scopus , the world,s largest abstract ... access to comprehensive metrics for journals from over 5,000 publishers. The ... which journals to subscribe to and when to adjust a journal,s ... , , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ALBANY, New York , December 8, 2016 ... the global Diabetes Injection Pens Market is expected ... as compared to US$4.9 bn in 2015. Between the forecast ... to rise at a CAGR of 7.9%. The leading players ... Nordisk A/S, Eli Lilly and Company, AstraZaneca plc., Biocon Ltd., ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 According to a new market research report ... Therapeutic (Pain, Insulin)), End Use (Sports, Fitness, RPM), Type (Smart watch, Patch), ... global market, in terms of value, is projected to reach 12.14 Billion ... 18.0% during the forecast period. Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: