Structural stability of DNA origami nanostructures under application-specific conditions

Saminathan Ramakrishnan, Heini Ijäs, Veikko Linko, Adrian Keller*

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the introduction of the DNA origami technique, it became possible to rapidly synthesize almost arbitrarily shaped molecular nanostructures at nearly stoichiometric yields. The technique furthermore provides absolute addressability in the sub-nm range, rendering DNA origami nanostructures highly attractive substrates for the controlled arrangement of functional species such as proteins, dyes, and nanoparticles. Consequently, DNAorigami nanostructures have found applications in numerous areas of fundamental and applied research, ranging from drug delivery to biosensing to plasmonics to inorganic materials synthesis. Since many of those applications rely on structurally intact, well-definedDNA origami shapes, the issue of DNA origami stability under numerous application-relevant environmental conditions has received increasing interest in the past few years. In this mini-review we discuss the structural stability, denaturation, and degradation of DNA origami nanostructures under different conditions relevant to the fields of biophysics and biochemistry, biomedicine, and materials science, and the methods to improve their stability for desired applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-349
Number of pages8
JournalComputational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review


  • Biophysics
  • Denaturation
  • DNA origami
  • Drug delivery
  • Materials science
  • Stability


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