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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:
PORTER: Composed of single stranded DNA (ssDNA) sequences. Each ssDNA is called Porter. Porters are designed to transfer target DNA strands into (or out from) the membrane.
GATE: Cylindrical DNA nanostructure connecting the inside and outside of membrane like a channel. A cascade of the Porters is planted inside this cylinder. We can use this Gate as an injector or an extractor.
MEMBRANE: The exterior and the interior of the cell are compartmentalized by biomembranes. We use liposome as a model membrane.

D-Heart Porter Gate Membarane Please CLICK ITEMS, GATE, PORTER, AND MEMBRANE in the picture!


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