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Temporal and Reversible Control of a DNAzyme by Orthogonal Photoswitching

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posted on 16.11.2018, 00:00 by Michael W. Haydell, Mathias Centola, Volker Adam, Julián Valero, Michael Famulok
The reversible switching of catalytic systems capable of performing complex DNA  computing operations using the temporal control of two orthogonal photoswitches is described. Two distinct photoresponsive molecules have been separately incorporated into a split horseradish peroxidase-mimicking DNAzyme. We show that its catalytic function can be turned on and off reversibly upon irradiation with specific wavelengths of light. The system responds orthogonally  to a  selection of irradiation wavelengths    and   durations of irradiation. Furthermore, the DNAzyme exhibits reversible switching and retains this ability throughout multiple switching cycles. We apply our system as a light-controlled 4:2 multiplexer. Orthogonally photoswitchable DNAzyme-based catalysts as introduced here have potential use for controlling complex logical operations and for future applications in DNA nanodevices.

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