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DNA Assisted Self-Assembly of PAMAM Dendrimers

Mandal, Taraknath and Kumar, Mattaparthi Venkata Satish and Maiti, Prabal K (2014) DNA Assisted Self-Assembly of PAMAM Dendrimers. In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (40). pp. 11805-11815.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1021/jp504175f


We report DNA assisted self-assembly of polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers using all atom Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations and present a molecular level picture of a DNA-linked PAMAM dendrimer nanocluster, which was first experimentally reported by Choi et al. (Nano Lett., 2004, 4, 391-397). We have used single stranded DNA (ssDNA) to direct the self-assembly process. To explore the effect of pH on this mechanism, we have used both the protonated (low pH) and nonprotonated (high pH) dendrimers. In all cases studied here, we observe that the DNA strand on one dendrimer unit drives self-assembly as it binds to the complementary DNA strand present on the other dendrimer unit, leading to the formation of a DNA-linked dendrimer dimeric complex. However, this binding process strongly depends on the charge of the dendrimer and length of the ssDNA. We observe that the complex with a nonprotonated dendrimer can maintain a DNA length dependent inter-dendrimer distance. In contrast, for complexes with a protonated dendrimer, the inter-dendrimer distance is independent of the DNA length. We attribute this observation to the electrostatic complexation of a negatively charged DNA strand with the positively charged protonated dendrimer.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 04:58
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2014 04:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50312

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