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Spatial and temporal control over chemical and biological processes plays a key role in life, where the whole is often much more than the sum of its parts. Quite trivially, the molecules of a cell do not form a living system if they are only arranged in a random fashion. If we want to understand these relationships and especially the problems arising from… (More)
We report on the direct electrochemical detection of aptamer-protein interactions, namely between a DNA aptamer and lysozyme (LYS) based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique. First, the affinity of the aptamer to LYS and control proteins was presented by using filter retention assay. An amino-modified version of the DNA… (More)
Aptamers are valuable tools that provide great potential to develop cost-effective diagnostics and therapies in the biomedical field. Here, we report a novel DNA aptamer that folds into an unconventional G-quadruplex structure able to recognize and enter specifically into human Burkitt's lymphoma cells. We further optimized this aptamer to a highly… (More)
Retooling RNA: RNA aptamers are high-affinity ligands that can be assembled with other structures to yield multivalent molecules. These properties have been addressed in two recent studies: One describes a GFP-like RNA reporter used to study the dynamics of endogenous RNA; the other study reports on an aptamer-templated assembly of multi-enzyme complexes in… (More)
Short biotinylated oligodeoxynucleotides immobilized on streptavidin-coated magnetic beads allow for convenient and rapid purification of single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides from crude asymmetric PCR mixtures, facilitating the selection of DNA aptamers.