We have designed an autocatalytic cycle based on the highly efficient 10-23 RNA-cleaving deoxyribozyme that is capable of exponential amplification of catalysis. In this system, complementary 10-23 variants were inactivated by circularization, creating deoxyribozymogens. Upon linearization, the enzymes can act on their complements, creating a cascade in which linearized species accumulate exponentially. Seeding the system with a pool of linear catalysts resulted not only in amplification of function but in sequence selection and represents an in vitro selection experiment conducted in the absence of any protein enzymes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - May 27 2003|
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