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Direct observation of DNA knots using a solid-state nanopore

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Nanotechnology, August 2016
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Direct observation of DNA knots using a solid-state nanopore
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Nature Nanotechnology, August 2016
DOI 10.1038/nnano.2016.153
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Calin Plesa, Daniel Verschueren, Sergii Pud, Jaco van der Torre, Justus W. Ruitenberg, Menno J. Witteveen, Magnus P. Jonsson, Alexander Y. Grosberg, Yitzhak Rabin, Cees Dekker, Plesa, Calin, Verschueren, Daniel, Pud, Sergii, van der Torre, Jaco, Ruitenberg, Justus W, Witteveen, Menno J, Jonsson, Magnus P, Grosberg, Alexander Y, Rabin, Yitzhak, Dekker, Cees


Long DNA molecules can self-entangle into knots. Experimental techniques for observing such DNA knots (primarily gel electrophoresis) are limited to bulk methods and circular molecules below 10 kilobase pairs in length. Here, we show that solid-state nanopores can be used to directly observe individual knots in both linear and circular single DNA molecules of arbitrary length. The DNA knots are observed as short spikes in the nanopore current traces of the traversing DNA molecules and their detection is dependent on a sufficiently high measurement resolution, which can be achieved using high-concentration LiCl buffers. We study the percentage of molecules with knots for DNA molecules of up to 166 kilobase pairs in length and find that the knotting occurrence rises with the length of the DNA molecule, consistent with a constant knotting probability per unit length. Our experimental data compare favourably with previous simulation-based predictions for long polymers. From the translocation time of the knot through the nanopore, we estimate that the majority of the DNA knots are tight, with remarkably small sizes below 100 nm. In the case of linear molecules, we also observe that knots are able to slide out on application of high driving forces (voltage).

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Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 1%
Belgium 1 1%
Korea, Republic of 1 1%
Unknown 96 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 35 35%
Researcher 15 15%
Student > Master 14 14%
Unspecified 9 9%
Student > Bachelor 9 9%
Other 17 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 23 23%
Chemistry 22 22%
Engineering 14 14%
Unspecified 11 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 10%
Other 19 19%

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