Extrusion of RNA from a DNA-Origami-Based Nanofactory


Cells often spatially organize biomolecules to regulate biological interactions. Synthetic mimicry of complex spatial organization may provide a route to similar levels of control for artificial systems. As a proof-of-principle, we constructed an RNA-extruding nanofactory using a DNA-origami barrel with an outer diameter of 60 nm as a chassis for integrated rolling-circle transcription and processing of RNA through spatial organization of DNA templates, RNA polymerases, and RNA endonucleases. The incorporation efficiency of molecular components was quantified to be roughly 50% on designed sites within the DNA-origami chassis. Each integrated nanofactory with RNA-producing units, composed of DNA templates and RNA polymerases, produced 100 copies of target RNA in 30 min on average. Further integration of RNA endonucleases that cleave rolling-circle transcripts from concatemers into monomers resulted in 30% processing efficiency. Disabling spatial organization of molecular components on DNA origami resulted in suppression of RNA production as well as processing.

ACS Nano