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Now that there are many tablet computers, our goal is to create the world's smallest tablet ! We are designing and constructing a 9x12 pixels display made of DNA origami. We aim to show animation on that display, using a bistable system.
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Now that there are many tablet computers, our goal is to create the world's smallest tablet ! We designed and constructed a 9x12 pixels display made of DNA origami. Our tablet shows multiple pictures autonomously, corresponding to its environment.
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To realize this idea, we combined two technology, DNA origami and Bistable system. Detail is written in latter section.
==Bistable System==
==Bistable System==

Revision as of 13:39, 27 October 2012

DNA tablet

Contents

Idea

Concept

concept of DNA tablet

Now that there are many tablet computers, our goal is to create the world's smallest tablet ! We designed and constructed a 9x12 pixels display made of DNA origami. Our tablet shows multiple pictures autonomously, corresponding to its environment.

To realize this idea, we combined two technology, DNA origami and Bistable system. Detail is written in latter section.

Bistable System

What is the Bistable System?

network of bistable system
network of bistable system

The bistable system enables us to encode two exclusive states, using a network of chemical reactions.

For example, we represent two states by materials A and B. The picture on the right side shows a reaction network implementing a bistable system using those two materials. In this network, A promotes the production of A itself and iB (i meaning inhibition), and B promotes B itself and iA. On the other hand, iA inhibits the production of A and iB inhibits production of B. There are also reactions that continuously degrade A, B, iA, and iB.

If the system is started with a larger amount of A than B, this network promotes more the production of A, which in turn will induce a decrease of B (Detailed information is written in Simulation). Afterwards, there remains only A and vice versa if the initial conditions are opposite. Thus, thanks to the bistable system, we can make two states easily: "only A" or "only B". Any intermediate state cannot be stable and will go toward one of these two exclusive states.


Method

We design the bistable system with DNA. [3]

  • Production of A,B,iA,iB

Production of A  Production of B

B and iA are also produced in the same way.


  • Inhibition of Production of A,B

Inhibition of A

The production of B is also inhibited in the same way by iB.


  • Decomposition of A,B,iA,iB (nothing means dNMPs a non-reactive monomer of DNA)

Decomposition of DNA


DNA tablet

What is the DNA tablet ?

The mechanics of displaying pixel
The mechanics of displaying pixel

The DNA tablet shows two different pictures in response to its environmental changes. We observe those pictures by AFM.


There are four kinds of pixels:

  • Θ is always on (it can always be observed).
  • Φ is always off (it can not be observed).
  • \overline{A} can be observed when there is a lot of A in the solution.
  • \overline{B} can be observed when there is a lot of B in the solution.


These pixels are made of hammerhead-like structures. They stand on DNA origami, and can be observed when they are hybridized. Please note that both \overline{A} and \overline{B} can not be observed at the same time because the bistable system only makes the two condition; "there is only A" or "there is only B".

These four kinds of pixels enable us to switch pictures (The simulation can be seen here). Switching is very easy: you just need to switch the state of the bistable system. If you were observing the image A, then all A will disappear and B will be produced making the B image appear. Then you can switch again to come back to image A. Note that if you don't have the bistable system and you just add A (or B) strands when you want A (or B) image, after a few rounds you will end up with a concentrated mixture of A and B strands, and the images will be blurred. On the contrary the bistable keeps everything clear and reversible.

Example: design of 5x5 tablet
Example: design of 5x5 tablet


How to See It

We use AFM to see the DNA tablet. Generally an AFM detects the difference between hybridized and single-stranded ends of the staple strands on the DNA origami surface. However, even if the single strands on the DNA tablet are hybridized, they do not produce enough contrast to be seen by AFM. Hammerhead structures are sometime used as pixels with higher AFM contrast. However, they cannot be dynamically updated by hybridization-dehybridization reactions. So, we propose to use open hammerheads (pseudo-hammerheads) to produce enough contrast and still be updatable.

When the strands produced by the bistable system are hybridized, they compose a stable hammerhead and produce a good signal (figure below).


Pseudo-Hammerhead structure
Pseudo-Hammerhead structure


Future Works

DNA Tablet with a N-stable System: More Pictures

We are sure that the size of the library can be extended by using a n-stable system. Look at the figure below.

n-oscillator system


This figure depicts a model of a tristable system. Each of A, B and C produces itself and inhibits the production of the others. Also, all of the products (A,B,C,iA,iB,iC) are degraded by the exonuclease. The degradation processes are not shown in the picture. We can change the picture which the DNA tablet is showing since this system can realize the condition "only A" or "only B" or "only C" in the same way as the bistable system.

In a similar way, the DNA tablet can show many pictures, by using an n-stable system. In this system, each of A1, A2, A3......A(n-1) and An produces itself and inhibits the production of all the others. This system can realize all conditions "only Ak (k = 1,2,...n)".

We can represent such n-stable system by an n-sided polygon in order to make the diagram simpler (figure below). Mutual inhibition between each two of A1, A2...and An is expressed by a red line. The degradation and self-production processes are not shown.

The characteristics of the DNA-tablet with n-stable system is that we can freely switch (or preserve) the picture it is showing to any other one by changing the conditions.

Simulation of the n-stable system is here.


DNA Tablet with an N-oscillator System: Play a Movie

The DNA tablet will also be able to show a short movie by using an n-oscillator system. Look at the figure below.



The figure is a model of a trioscillator system. The difference between this system and a tristable one is that each of A, B and C inhibits the production of only C, B and A respectively (therefore, inhibitions are not mutual). In this system, the condition change makes a circle through "only A", "only B" and "only C", and the DNA tablet switch the pictures automatically: if A is dominant, the inhibition to C from A becomes strong, then the inhibition to B from C gets weaker, and B increases, then inhibition to A from B gets strong, and as a result B becomes dominant. Here we don't have to input some specific strands to change the pictures.

The figures below are simplified models of tristate oscillator and n-oscillator systems. The difference between these and those of the tristable or n-stable systems is quite simple: the sides of the polygon are blue. The blue lines represent non-mutual inhibition (A inhibits all of the self-productions except B's, and B does so except C's, and so on), while red ones mean mutual inhibition. In this case, the state does clockwise change: A to B to C to A, or A1 to A2 to...to An to A1.

This allows the DNA tablet to play a short movie. If we prepare slightly different images (like film frames), they change automatically and look like a movie. If you want to look at the movie in the reverse direction, you just need to change the direction of the inhibition loop.

Simulation of the n-oscillator system is here.

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