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Keywords:

  • dendrimers;
  • DNA;
  • pH responsiveness;
  • self-assembly;
  • size tunable
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Putting the DNA in dendrimers: A strategy to swiftly prepare DNA dendrimers based solely on DNA self-assembly is presented. This technique produces highly pure DNA dendrimers with an excellent yield of high generation dendrimers. The incorporation of molecular motors (i-motifs) into the DNA dendrimers allows for a change in size (up to 30%) in response to changing pH values (see scheme).