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Ketterer, Philip (author), Ananth, A.N. (author), Laman Trip, J.D.S. (author), Mishra, Ankur (author), Bertosin, Eva (author), Ganji, M. (author), van der Torre, J. (author), Onck, Patrick (author), Dietz, Hendrik (author), Dekker, C. (author)
The nuclear pore complex (NPC) is the gatekeeper for nuclear transport in eukaryotic cells. A key component of the NPC is the central shaft lined with intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) known as FG-Nups, which control the selective molecular traffic. Here, we present an approach to realize artificial NPC mimics that allows controlling...
journal article 2018
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Kim, S.H. (author), Ganji, M. (author), Kim, E. (author), van der Torre, J. (author), Abbondanzieri, E. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
The three-dimensional organization of DNA is increasingly understood to play a decisive role in vital cellular processes. Many studies focus on the role of DNA-packaging proteins, crowding, and confinement in arranging chromatin, but structural information might also be directly encoded in bare DNA itself. Here, we visualize plectonemes ...
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Yang, W.W.W. (author), Restrepo Perez, L. (author), Bengtson, M.L. (author), Heerema, S.J. (author), Birnie, A.T.F. (author), van der Torre, J. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Solid-state nanopores have emerged as promising platforms for biosensing including diagnostics for disease detection. Here we show nanopore experiments that detect CRISPR-dCas9, a sequence-specific RNA-guided protein system that specifically binds to a target DNA sequence. While CRISPR-Cas9 is acclaimed for its gene editing potential, the...
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Kabiri, Y. (author), Ananth, A.N. (author), van der Torre, J. (author), Katan, A.J. (author), Hong, Jin Yong (author), Malladi, S.R.K. (author), Kong, Jing (author), Zandbergen, H.W. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
While graphene may appear to be the ultimate support membrane for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging of DNA nanostructures, very little is known if it poses an advantage over conventional carbon supports in terms of resolution and contrast. Microscopic investigations are carried out on DNA origami nanoplates that are supported...
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Plesa, C. (author), Verschueren, D.V. (author), Pud, S. (author), van der Torre, J. (author), Ruitenberg, J.W. (author), Witteveen, M.J. (author), Jonsson, P.M. (author), Grosberg, Alexander Y. (author), Rabin, Yitzhak (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Long DNA molecules can self-entangle into knots. Experimental techniques for observing such DNA knots (primarily gel electrophoresis) are limited to bulk methods and circular molecules below 10 kilobase pairs in length. Here, we show that solid-state nanopores can be used to directly observe individual knots in both linear and circular single...
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Ganji, M. (author), Kim, S.H. (author), van der Torre, J. (author), Abbondanzieri, E. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
DNA supercoiling crucially affects cellular processes such as DNA replication, gene expression, and chromatin organization. However, mechanistic understanding of DNA supercoiling and the related DNA-processing enzymes has remained limited, mainly due to the lack of convenient experimental tools to probe these phenomena. Here, we report a...
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Kim, S.H. (author), Vlijm, R. (author), van der Torre, J. (author), Dalal, Y. (author), Dekker, C. (author)
Centromere-specific nucleosomes are a central feature of the kinetochore complex during mitosis, in which microtubules exert pulling and pushing forces upon the centromere. CENP-A nucleosomes have been assumed to be structurally unique, thereby providing resilience under tension relative to their H3 canonical counterparts. Here, we directly test...
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