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5′-(CGA)n sequence-assisted pH-controlled assembly of supramolecular DNA nanostructure

In the research article “5′-(CGA)n sequence-assisted pH-controlled assembly of supramolecular DNA nanostructure” Yuting Yan, Yanwei Cao, Chunsheng Xiao, Yang Li, Xiaoxuan Xiang and Xinhua Guo demonstratethat the connection of duplex-forming sequences with a G-quadruplex-forming sequence (G6) could be used to construct DNA supramolecular nanostructures with alternating B-duplex and G-quadruplex structures. Their results demonstrate that the TT linker between B-duplex and G-quadruplex structures are necessary for the construction of such nanostructures, because the TT linker can provide structural flexibility for the bending of duplexes at the terminal of G-quadruplex.*

The formation of DNA supramolecular nanostructures was directly observed through AFM measurements.  Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was performed using NANOSENSORS™ PointProbe® Plus PPP-NCHR tapping mode AFM probes.

Figure 5. from “5′-(CGA)n sequence-assisted pH-controlled assembly of supramolecular DNA nanostructure” by Yuting Yan et al.: AFM images of the nanostructures formed by DNA G-quadruplexes self-assembly in KOAc buffer solution; (a,b) SG2 at pH 9.0, (c,d) SG2 at pH 4.5, (e,f) a mixture of SG2 and CSG2 at pH 4.5, (g,h) a mixture of SG2 and CSG2 at pH 9.0. The length of side is 2 µm and the scale bar is 500 nm. NANOSENSORS™ PointProbe® Plus PPP-NCHR AFM probes were used for all AFM images.
Figure 5. from “5′-(CGA)n sequence-assisted pH-controlled assembly of supramolecular DNA nanostructure” by Yuting Yan et al.: AFM images of the nanostructures formed by DNA G-quadruplexes self-assembly in KOAc buffer solution; (a,b) SG2 at pH 9.0, (c,d) SG2 at pH 4.5, (e,f) a mixture of SG2 and CSG2 at pH 4.5, (g,h) a mixture of SG2 and CSG2 at pH 9.0. The length of side is 2 µm and the scale bar is 500 nm.

AFM microscopy was performed on the fresh mica surfaces with the help of magnesium ions which can bind negatively charged DNA strands. The DNA samples were annealed at 100 µM in 100 mM K+ solution at 4°C for one week. Then aliquots were diluted with 2 mM MgCl2 aqueous solution to give a 20 µl analyte containing 1.5 µM DNA. The analytes were spread evenly on the mica surface for 5–8 min. Subsequently, the mica surface was washed with Milli-Q water to wipe off the excess salt, and finally dried in the air.*

*Yuting Yan, Yanwei Cao, Chunsheng Xiao, Yang Li, Xiaoxuan Xiang, Xinhua Guo
5′-(CGA)n sequence-assisted pH-controlled assembly of supramolecular DNA nanostructure
Royal Society Open Science, 1 August 2018, Volume 5, Issue 8
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180123

Open Access: The article “5′-(CGA)n sequence-assisted pH-controlled assembly of supramolecular DNA nanostructure” by  Yuting Yan et al. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Substrate properties modulate cell membrane roughness by way of actin filaments

“Cell membrane roughness has been proposed as a sensitive feature to reflect cellular physiological conditions”*
In the article “Substrate properties modulate cell membrane roughness by way of actin filaments” Chao-Hung Chang, Hsiao-Hui Lee, and Chau-Hwang Lee employed the non-interferometric wide-field optical profilometry (NIWOP) technique to measure the membrane roughness of living mouse embryonic fibroblasts with different conditions of the culture substrate to find out whether membrane roughness is associated with the substrate properties. By controlling the surface density of fibronectin (FN) coated on the substrate, they found that cells exhibited higher membrane roughness as the FN density increased in company with larger focal adhesion (FA) sizes.

The examination of membrane roughness was also confirmed with atomic force microscopy.
The long cantilever of NANOSENSORS uniqprobe qp-SCONT AFM probes ( 125-μm long, spring constant 0.01 N/m.) was used to observe the membrane topography on living MEFs.

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Supplementary Figure S1 from Chao-Hung Chang et al. “Substrate properties modulate cell membrane roughness by way of actin filaments”: Images of membrane topography determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM). MEFs were seeded on the polymer coverslip-bottom μ-dishes coated with 0 or 10 μg/ml FN for 6 hours for the measurement of membrane roughness by AFM. The regions marked by the white squares in the bright-field images are displayed in the membrane topography. Scale bar, 10 μm. NANOSENSORS uniqprobe qp-SCONT AFM probes(long cantilever length 125 um, spring constant 0.01 N/m) were used.
Supplementary Figure S1 from Chao-Hung Chang et al. “Substrate properties modulate cell membrane roughness by way of actin filaments”: Images of membrane topography determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM). MEFs were seeded on the polymer coverslip-bottom μ-dishes coated with 0 or 10 μg/ml FN for 6 hours for the measurement of membrane roughness by AFM. The regions marked by the white squares in the bright-field images are displayed in the membrane topography. Scale bar, 10 μm.

*Chao-Hung Chang, Hsiao-Hui Lee, Chau-Hwang Lee
Substrate properties modulate cell membrane roughness by way of actin filaments
Nature Scientific Reports, volume 7, Article number: 9068 (2017)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-09618-y

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Open Access The article “Substrate properties modulate cell membrane roughness by way of actin filaments” by  Chao-Hung Chang et al. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.