Kinetics of protein-release by an aptamer-based DNA nanodevice
Department of Physics and Center for Nanoscience, LMU München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539, Munich, Germany
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Published online: 16 February 2007
A recently introduced DNA nanodevice can be used to selectively bind or release the protein thrombin triggered by DNA effector strands. The release process is not well described by simple first or second order reaction kinetics. Here, fluorescence resonance energy transfer and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy experiments are used to explore the kinetics of the release process in detail. To this end the influence of concentration variations and also of temperature is determined. The relevant kinetic parameters are extracted from these experiments and the kinetic behavior of the system is simulated numerically using a set of rate equations. The hydrodynamic radii of the aptamer device alone and bound to thrombin are determined as well as the dissociation constant for the aptamer device-thrombin complex. The results from the experiments and a numerical simulation support the view that the DNA effector strand first binds to the aptamer device followed by the displacement of the protein.
PACS: 82.35.Pq Biopolymers, biopolymerization – / 82.39.Pj Nucleic acids, DNA and RNA bases – / 87.15.He Dynamics and conformational changes –
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