Applications of Bacteria Decorated with Synthetic DNA Constructs

Pragati K Prasad, Leila Motiei, David Margulies

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The advent of DNA nanotechnology has revolutionized the way DNA has been perceived. Rather than considering it as the genetic material alone, DNA has emerged as a versatile synthetic scaffold that can be used to create a variety of molecular architectures. Modifying such self-assembled structures with bio-molecular recognition elements has further expanded the scope of DNA nanotechnology, opening up avenues for using synthetic DNA assemblies to sense or regulate biological molecules. Recent advancements in this field have lead to the creation of DNA structures that can be used to modify bacterial cell surfaces and endow the bacteria with new properties. This mini-review focuses on the ways by which synthetic modification of bacterial cell surfaces with DNA constructs can expand the natural functions of bacteria, enabling their potential use in various fields such as material engineering, bio-sensing, and therapy. The challenges and prospects for future advancements in this field are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2206136
Number of pages11
JournalSmall (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)
StatePublished Online - 20 Jan 2023


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