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Keywords:

  • bacterial cloning;
  • DNA;
  • nanostructures;
  • self-assembly
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A convenient PCR cloning strategy allows one to prepare hundreds of picomoles of circular single-stranded DNA molecules, which are suitable as scaffolds for the assembly of DNA origami structures. The method is based on a combination of site-directed mutagenesis and site- and ligation-independent cloning protocols, with simultaneous insertion of a nicking endonuclease restriction site on a double-stranded plasmid of desired length and sequence.