Biomod/2012/Tohoku/Team Sendai

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All the creatures on Earth are made of cells. The exterior and the interior of the cell are compartmentalized by biomembranes.
A nanodevice that is able to actively transport only the specific oligonucleotide through the biomembrane has a great potential to deliver siRNA into the cell or to extract mRNA expressed in the cell.
Here, we decided to create a novel device with such a function.
We have designed a cylindrical injector/extractor device made of DNA origami (we named this device: CELL-GATE). Inside the cylinder, a cascade of single stranded DNAs is planted. Once the outer-most ssDNA binds to a target oligonucleotide, the target is passed to the inner-ones one by one because of the higher bonding energy assigned to the inner ones.
We also investigate how the cylinder penetrates the biomembrane by using liposome as a model membrane.

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Our PROJECT CELL-GATE is divided into three sub-projects:
(Please click to see meaning and goal of each part)



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