Formation and structure of fluorescent silver nanoclusters at interfacial binding sites facilitating oligomerization of DNA hairpins

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Fluorescent, DNA-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA-AgNCs) are applied in a range of applications within nanoscience and nanotechnology. However, their diverse optical properties, mechanism of formation, and aspects of their composition remain unexplored, making the rational design of nanocluster probes challenging. Here, a synthetic procedure is described for obtaining a high yield of emissive DNA-AgNCs with a C-loop hairpin DNA sequence, with subsequent purification by size-exclusion chromatography (SEC). Through a combination of optical spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, ICP-MS, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) in conjunction with the systematic study of various DNA sequences, the low-resolution structure and mechanism of the formation of AgNCs were investigated. Data indicate that fluorescent DNA-AgNCs self-assemble via a head-to-head binding of two DNA hairpins, bridged by a silver nanocluster, resulting in the modelling of a dimeric structure harboring an Ag 12 cluster.

TidsskriftAngewandte Chemie, Int. Ed.
Udgave nummer37
Sider (fra-til)16091-16097
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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