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Sizing up DNA nanostructure assembly with native mass spectrometry and ion mobility

van Dyck, Jeroen F; Burns, Jonathan R; Le Huray, Kyle IP; Konijnenberg, Albert; Howorka, Stefan; Sobott, Frank; (2022) Sizing up DNA nanostructure assembly with native mass spectrometry and ion mobility. Nature Communications , 13 , Article 3610. 10.1038/s41467-022-31029-5. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent interest in biological and synthetic DNA nanostructures has highlighted the need for methods to comprehensively characterize intermediates and end products of multimeric DNA assembly. Here we use native mass spectrometry in combination with ion mobility to determine the mass, charge state and collision cross section of noncovalent DNA assemblies, and thereby elucidate their structural composition, oligomeric state, overall size and shape. We showcase the approach with a prototypical six-subunit DNA nanostructure to reveal how its assembly is governed by the ionic strength of the buffer, as well as how the mass and mobility of heterogeneous species can be well resolved by careful tuning of instrumental parameters. We find that the assembly of the hexameric, barrel-shaped complex is guided by positive cooperativity, while previously undetected higher-order 12- and 18-mer assemblies are assigned to defined larger-diameter geometric structures. Guided by our insight, ion mobility-mass spectrometry is poised to make significant contributions to understanding the formation and structural diversity of natural and synthetic oligonucleotide assemblies relevant in science and technology.

Type: Article
Title: Sizing up DNA nanostructure assembly with native mass spectrometry and ion mobility
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31029-5
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31029-5
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2022. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151034
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