Construction of DNA architectures with RNA Hairpins

G. Mayer, Damian Ackermann, Nicole Kuhn, Michael Famulok

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Kissing complexes formed on the basis of highly specific noncanonical interactions of RNA hairpins can be harnessed for the controlled assembly of DNA nanoobjects. Two DNA minicircles, each equipped with a different RNA hairpin motif (see picture), mediate a tight and specific binding of the two circular DNA nanoobjects. These interactions may offer the possibility to construct DNA nanoobjects with increased complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-973
Number of pages2
JournalAgewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


  • DNA structures
  • hairpins
  • nanostructures
  • RNA structures


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