RNA Nanostructures: From Structure to Function

Ofer I. Wilner, Doron Yesodi, Yossi Weizmann

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Nucleic-acid nanostructures, which have been designed and constructed with atomic precision, have been used as scaffolds for different molecules and proteins, as nanomachines, as computational components, and more. In particular, RNA has garnered tremendous interest as a building block for the self-assembly of sophisticated and functional nanostructures by virtue of its ease of synthesis by in vivo or in vitro transcription, its superior mechanical and thermodynamic properties, and its functional roles in nature. In this Topical Review, we describe recent developments in the use of RNA for the design and construction of nanostructures. We discuss the differences between RNA and DNA that make RNA attractive as a building block for the construction of nucleic-acid nanostructures, and we present the uses of different nanostructures─RNA alone, RNA-DNA, and functional RNA nanostructures.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 18 Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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