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Ankur Jain on Nucleic Acid Phase Separation

Event Date July 27, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am - EDT
Organizers Dewpoint Condensates.com
Location Online

The phosphodiester backbone imparts nucleic acids a high negative charge density. In the presence of polymeric cations, DNA and RNA undergo charge-mediated phase separation called complex coacervation. I will show that base pairing can be used to program the macroscopic properties of nucleic acid coacervates, and thus generate mesoscale materials with sequence-programmable properties. The addressability of base pairing can also be used to produce self-sorting multi-phase coacervates with an arbitrary number of coexisting liquid-like phases. This work showcases how sequence-specific intermolecular-RNA hybridization could program the properties of RNA-containing granules in cells, and provides a quantitative framework to connect interaction energies to coacervate properties.

Talk by:
Ankur Jain
Whitehead Institute and MIT

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