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Construction of DNA–polymer hybrids using intercalation interactions

Royal Society of Chemistry
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Reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation was used to produce a range of polymers terminated with an acridine group, which intercalates efficiently into dsDNA; the structure of the polymer determines the nature and strength of the interaction. Using a short 63 base pair dsDNA, discrete and well-defined DNA–polymer hybrid nanoparticles were formed, which were characterised by dynamic light scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering and atomic force microscopy.

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