Periodic assembly of nanospecies on repetitive DNA sequences generated on gold nanoparticles by rolling circle amplification.
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Periodical assembly of nanospecies is desirable for the construction of nanodevices. We provide a protocol for the preparation of a gold nanoparticle (AuNP)/DNA scaffold on which nanospecies can be assembled in a periodical manner. AuNP/DNA scaffold is prepared by growing long single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules (typically hundreds of nanometers to a few microns in length) on AuNPs via rolling circle amplification (RCA). Since these long ssDNA molecules contain many repetitive sequence units, complementary DNA-attached nanospecies can be assembled through specific hybridization in a controllable and periodical manner.
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