Construction of an Imitating Nano-motor Driven by Six ATP-binding RNAs of Bacterial Virus phi29
02 Dec 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Peixuan Guo
A switchable imitating DNA-packaging motor was constructed in the laboratory. The motor is driven by six synthetic ATP-binding pRNA (packaging RNA) molecules that bind to the connector and function in a manner similar to the driving of a bolt with a hex nut. Conformational change and sequential action of the RNA ensure continuous rotation of the motor, with ATP as energy.