Nucleic Acid Architectures for Therapeutics, Diagnostics, Devices and Materials
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2019) | Viewed by 57723
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Interests: RNA nanobiology; drug delivery
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Nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) and their chemical analogs have been utilized as building materials due to their biocompatibility and programmability. RNA, which naturally possesses a wide range of different functions, is now widely investigated for its role as a responsive biomaterial which dynamically reacts to changes in the surrounding environment. It is now evident that artificially designed self-assembling RNAs that can form programmable nanoparticles and supra-assemblies will play an increasingly important part in a diverse range of applications such as macromolecular therapies, drug delivery systems, biosensing, tissue engineering, programmable scaffolds for material organization, logic gates, and soft actuators, just to name a few.
We anticipate a very exciting issue composed of research highlights, short communications, research articles, and reviews that will bring together the leading scientists who are exploring a wide range of the fundamental properties of RNA nanoassemblies suitable for biomedical applications. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
- RNA-based nanoparticles for therapeutic applications
- Programmable RNA-based biosensors
- RNA-based logic gates
- RNA-based supra-assemblies
- Dynamic RNA nanoparticles: concepts, design, and characterization
- In vivo delivery of novel RNA nanomaterials
- Immunological properties of novel RNA nanomaterials
- Interactions of RNA nanoparticles with other classes of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, etc.)
- Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships in RNA nanomaterials
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- Co-transcriptional assembly
- RNA nanoparticles
- DNA nanoparticles
- Therapeutic Nucleic Acids (TNA), Aptamers
- Nucleic Acids-based biosensors
- in vivo delivery of TNA