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Polymers 2017, 9(12), 666; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym9120666

Nucleobase-Containing Polymers: Structure, Synthesis, and Applications

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School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063, China
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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Received: 10 November 2017 / Revised: 25 November 2017 / Accepted: 27 November 2017 / Published: 1 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers and Block Copolymers at Interfaces and Surfaces)

Abstract

Nucleobase interactions play a fundamental role in biological functions, including transcription and translation. Natural nucleic acids like DNA are also widely implemented in material realm such as DNA guided self-assembly of nanomaterials. Inspired by that, polymer chemists have contributed phenomenal endeavors to mimic both the structures and functions of natural nucleic acids in synthetic polymers. Similar sequence-dependent responses were observed and employed in the self-assembly of these nucleobase-containing polymers. Here, the structures, synthetic approaches, and applications of nucleobase-containing polymers are highlighted and a brief look is taken at the future development of these polymers. View Full-Text
Keywords: nucleobase interactions; polymer synthesis; self-assembly nucleobase interactions; polymer synthesis; self-assembly
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