Xingguo Liang

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The duplex-forming activities of oligonucleotides can be photomodulated by incorporation of an azobenzene unit. Upon isomerizing the trans-azobenzene to the cis form by irradiation with UV light, the T(m) value of the duplex (with the complementary DNA) is lowered so that the duplex is dissociated. The duplex is formed again when the cis-azobenzene is(More)
Single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) has essential biological functions during DNA replication, recombination, repair, and transcription. The structure of ssDNA must be better understood to elucidate its functions. However, the available data are too limited to give a clear picture of ssDNA due to the extremely capricious structural features of ssDNA. In this study,(More)
By the combination of peptide nucleic acid (PNA) with single-stranded DNA specific nucleases, alteration of a single base to another in DNA has been detected with high accuracy. Only the DNAs in DNA/PNA duplexes involving a mismatch are efficiently hydrolyzed by these enzymes, whereas fully matching sequences are kept intact. This difference is visually(More)
A phosphoramidite monomer bearing an azobenzene is synthesized from D-threoninol. Using this monomer, azobenzene moieties can be introduced into oligodeoxyribonucleotide (DNA) at any position on a conventional DNA synthesizer. With this azobenzene-tethered DNA, formation and dissociation of a DNA duplex can be reversibly photo-regulated by cis–trans(More)
We have found that, in the presence of a thermophilic restriction endonuclease, thermophilic DNA polymerase efficiently synthesizes and amplifies DNA in the absence of any added template and primer nucleic acid under isothermal conditions. More than 10 microg of DNA can be synthesized by 1 unit of DNA polymerase in 1 h, and the reaction proceeds until(More)
Various three-dimensional structures have been created on a nanometer scale using the self-assembly of DNA molecules. However, ordinary DNA structures breakdown readily because of their flexibility. In addition, it is difficult to control them by inputs from environments. Here, we construct robust and photocontrollable DNA capsules using azobenzenes. This(More)