Effect of Cavity Size of Mesoporous Silica on Short DNA Duplex Stability

Tsubasa Masuda, Yuuta Shibuya, Shota Arai, Sayaka Kobayashi, Sotaro Suzuki, Jun Kijima, Tetsuji Itoh, Yusuke Sato, Seiichi Nishizawa, Akira Yamaguchi

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We studied the stabilities of short (4- and 3-bp) DNA duplexes within silica mesopores modified with a positively charged trimethyl aminopropyl (TMAP) monolayer (BJH pore diameter 1.6-7.4 nm). The DNA fragments with fluorescent dye were introduced into the pores, and their fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) response was measured to estimate the structuring energies of the short DNA duplexes under cryogenic conditions (temperature 233-323 K). The results confirmed the enthalpic stability gain of the duplex within size-matched pores (1.6 and 2.3 nm). The hybridization equilibrium constants found for the size-matched pores were 2 orders of magnitude larger than those for large pores (≥3.5 nm), and this size-matching effect for the enhanced duplex stability was explained by a tight electrostatic interaction between the duplex and the surface TMAP groups. These results indicate the requirement of the precise regulation of mesopore size to ensure the stabilization of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular assemblies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5545-5550
Number of pages6
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 15


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