Special Issue "Nucleic Acid Aptamers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2018
Nucleic acid aptamers are DNA or RNA molecules that can specifically bind to their targets to form stable target/aptamer complexes. Since the establishment of the systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment method around 1990, nucleic acid aptamers for various targets have been developed. Numerous improved methodologies for their selections and various applications, such as bioimaging, diagnoses, molecular therapies, logic gates, and DNA origami technology, have been reported to date. To achieve improved binding affinity and specificity, increased in vivo stability, and further expanded applications, computational predictions, engineering, and chemical modifications have also been attempted. Among these, some attempts have been successful in efficient acquisition of high affinity aptamers and practical uses. However, technical issues still remain in aptamer development. The present Special Issue is aimed at covering a new aspect of research and development pertaining to nucleic acid aptamers. For example, papers regarding novel methodologies for selections and structural/functional characterizations, newly acquired aptamers, engineering/modification strategies, in silico studies, and diverse applications, as well as related elemental technologies and materials for the potential uses will be invited.
Prof. Masayasu Kuwahara
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- polymerase variants
- therapeutic and diagnositic nucleic acids