DNA-Directed Synthesis of Aniline and 4-Aminobiphenyl Oligomers: Programmed Transfer of Sequence Information to a Conjoined Polymer Nanowire
A new class of materials was prepared from aniline-containing oligomers that are covalently linked to the nucleobases of duplex DNA. Oligomers composed of repeating aniline (PANI) or 4-aminobiphenyl (PAB) units having the properties of conducting polymers conjoined to the DNA were prepared by the reaction of horseradish peroxidase and H2O2 with DNA having the appropriate monomers aligned within the major groove. These oligomers exhibit the spectral and chemical properties typical of para-linked polyanilines. This method of preparation enables utilization of the unique self-recognizing properties and sequence programmability of DNA to create tailored oligomers. This ability was demonstrated experimentally by preparation of PAB oligomers from alternating benzene and aniline monomers. Conjoined conducting polymers carrying the sequence information of DNA may have applicability as nanowires.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
plastics, genetics, monomers, oligomers, polymers
Datta, Bhaskar, and Gary B. Schuster. "DNA-directed synthesis of aniline and 4-aminobiphenyl oligomers: programmed transfer of sequence information to a conjoined polymer nanowire." Journal of the American Chemical Society 130, no. 10 (2008): 2965-2973.
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