Nucleic Acid Enzymes: The Fusion of Self-assembly and Conformational Computing


Ramlan, Effirul I. and Zauner, Klaus-Peter (2007) Nucleic Acid Enzymes: The Fusion of Self-assembly and Conformational Computing. In, Adamatzky, A., Bull, L., De Lacy Costello, B., Stepney, S. and Teuscher, C. (eds.) Unconventional Computing 2007. , Luniver Press, 63-94.

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Abstract. Macromolecules are the predominant physical substrate supporting information processing in organisms. Two key characteristics—--conformational dynamics and self-assembly properties—--render macromolecules unique in this context. Both characteristics have been investi- gated for technical applications. In nature’s information processors self- assembly and conformational switching commonly appear in combination and are typically realised with proteins. At the current state of biotechnology the best candidates for implementing artifical molecular informa- tion processing systems that utilise the combination self-assembly and conformational switching are functional nucleic acids. The increasingly realised prevalence of oligonucleotides in intracellular control points towards potential applications. The present paper reviews approaches to integrating the self-assembly and the conformational paradigm with allosterically controlled nucleic acid enzymes. It also introduces a new computational workflow to design functional nucleic acids for information processing.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 190598605
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 264345
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:08
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/264345

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