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Adjusting Linking Strands to Form Size-Controllable DNA Origami Rings

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DNA origami is a powerful tool in nanotechnology that can be used to construct arbitrary structures for several nanoengineering applications. Generally, the more complex and sophisticated the construction, the greater is the number of origamis and connection strands that will be needed. Therefore, developing an effective and low-cost method for multiform DNA architecture is important in nanoengineering. Here, we adopted an oblique linking strategy to connect cross-shaped DNA origami with a controlled curing angle. The size of the DNA rings ranged from four blocks of approximately 200 nm to eleven blocks of c.a. 600 nm. We observed that the minimum size of the DNA ring structure was limited by the width of a single block. The largest rings were negatively affected by thermodynamic randomness, and thus, DNA rings consisting of more than eleven blocks were not observed. This strategy facilitates the generation of various DNA origami rings, whose size can be controlled by adjusting the length of the connection strands.

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