Gold Nanoparticles Presenting Hybridized Self-Assembled Aptamers That Exhibit Enhanced Inhibition of Thrombin

ArticleinAngewandte Chemie International Edition 50(33):7660-5 · August 2011with23 Reads
Impact Factor: 11.26 · DOI: 10.1002/anie.201101718 · Source: PubMed

Die DNA-Hybridisierung Thrombin-bindender Aptamere (TBAs) unter Bildung einer selbstorganisierten Monoschicht von Goldnanopartikeln (Au-NPs) wurde genutzt, um die Koagulationswirkung von Thrombin zu steuern. Die hTBA15/hTBA29/cDNA-Au-NPs konnten die hTBA15- und hTBA29-Einheiten in geeignetem Abstand und passender Orientierung binden, sodass sie stark mit Thrombin wechselwirken und die Koagulation extrem hemmen können.

    • "8. Schematic representation of the binding and thrombin activity inhibition of TBA 15 and TBA 29 units conjugated to gold nanoparticles through Watson–Crick H-bonds. Adapted and modified from Shiang et al. (2011). TBA binding site, a caged thymidine inserted in a key location (T4) is sufficient to completely mask the aptamer functions, i.e. its affinity for thrombin and inhibition of the blood clotting cascade (Heckel & Mayer, 2005). "
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