Review Articles: Engineering Cell Microenvironment Using Novel Hydrogels

DNA-Based Bulk Hydrogel Materials and Biomedical Application

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Yanmin Gao

Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering,
Ministry of Education,
School of Chemical Engineering
and Technology,
Tianjin University,
Tianjin 300072, China
e-mail: xiaomingao@tju.edu.cn

Hao Qi

Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering,
Ministry of Education (Tianjin University);
Collaborative Innovation Center of
Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin),
School of Chemical Engineering
and Technology,
Tianjin University,
Tianjin 300072, China
e-mails: haoq@tju.edu.cn; qh_tju@163.com

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received September 7, 2015; final manuscript received December 17, 2015; published online May 12, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Feng Xu.

J. Nanotechnol. Eng. Med 6(4), 040802 (May 12, 2016) (6 pages) Paper No: NANO-15-1072; doi: 10.1115/1.4032832 History: Received September 07, 2015; Revised December 17, 2015

Being a natural polymer, DNA attracts extensive attention and possesses great potential to open a new way for researches of biomedical or material science. In the past few decades, approaches have been developed to bring DNA into the realm of bulk materials. In this review, we discussed the progresses achieved for fabrication of novel materials with a large physical dimension from the DNA polymer.

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Topics: Bulk solids , DNA , Hydrogels
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Fig. 1

(a) EGDE catalyzed covalent crosslinking between DNA chains. (b) Ag+ ion mediated noncovalent DNA material fabrication and reversed by cysteamine. Adapted from Ref. [6]. (c) Material made from chemically crosslinked DNA and chemical polymer poly(phenylenevinylene). Adapted from Ref. [7]. (d) The process of silk fiber made from condensed DNA in an RTIL. Adapted from Ref. [8]. (e) Ligase enzyme crosslink designed branched DNA block to hydrogel. (Reprinted with permission from Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., Nature Materials, Ref. [9]. Copyright 2006).

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Fig. 2

(a) Schematic representation of DNA tile self-assembly. (b) Schematic representation of DNA origami self-assembly. (c) DNA nanotube with super length up to 10 μm fabricated from rationally designed DNA tiles self-assembly. Adapted from Ref. [18]. (d) DNA crystal with micrometer in the lateral dimensions. Adapted from Ref. [19]. (e) DNA “jigsaw” piece made from DNA origami self-assembly build larger structure. (Reprinted with permission from Rajendran et al. [23]. Copyright 2011 by American Chemical Society). (f)Super-sized DNA origami fold from a genetically modified hybrid lambda/M13 phage genomic DNA of 51,466-nucleotide. Adapted from Ref. [27].

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Fig. 3

(a) Material made from colloidal nanoparticles glued together by designed DNA oligo. Adapted from Ref. [41]. (b) Single-stranded DNA polymer glued nanoscale graphene into hydrogel materials. Adapted from Ref. [42]. (c) Rationally designed massive single-stranded DNA function as molecular glue and mediated self-assembly of the mesoscale hydrogel module in a programmable fashion. (Reprinted with permission from Qi et al. [43]. Copyright 2013 by Nature Publishing Group).

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Fig. 4

(a) Schematic for RCA and MCA mediated DNA hydrogel material fabrication process. Adapted from Ref. [44]. (b) Bulk material made from pure DNA polymer fabricated by a designed cell-free DNA amplification process. Adapted from Ref. [44].



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