Encapsulation of DNA-templated chromophore assemblies within virus protein nanotubes

Andres de la Escosura, Pim G.A. Janssen, Albertus P.H.J. Schenning, Jeroen Johannes Lambertus Maria Cornelissen, Roeland J.M. Nolte

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A beneficial virus: The hierarchical self-assembly of a three-component system consisting of single-stranded DNA (oligothymines; Tq), chromophores (G), and virus coat proteins (CP) leads to the formation of micrometer-long nanotubes (see picture). Tuning the interaction between the three components leads to the formation of structures with different length scales, and the chromophores within the nanotubes maintain the helical arrangement of the Tq–G template
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5335-5338
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie, International Edition in English
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Nanotubes
  • Self-Assembly
  • IR-77539
  • METIS-273730
  • Nanostructures
  • DNA structures
  • viruses


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