Oligonucleotides as Inhibitors of Ice Recrystallization

Seyeon Kim, Jin Kyung Park, So-Jung Park, Byeongmoon Jeong

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Oligonucleotides of adenine (A20), guanine (G20), cytosine (C20), thymine (T20), cytosine-guanine ((CG)20), and adenine-thymine ((AT)20) were investigated as model compounds for ice recrystallization inhibition (IRI). Dehydroxy uracil (dU20), U20, and T20 were also compared to investigate the effect of minute changes in the hydrophobicity of the oligonucleotides on the IRI activity. Among the oligonucleotides considered in this study, T20 exhibited the best performance for IRI. In addition, the degree of polymerization of oligothymines varied over 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, and 100, and T20 was found to be the most effective for IRI. The IRI mechanism was investigated by comparing U20 and T20, which exhibited the lowest and highest IRI activity, respectively, among the oligonucleotides for their dynamic ice-shaping, thermal hysteresis, and ice nucleation inhibition. Little or no dynamic ice-shaping activity and small thermal hysteresis were observed for both nucleotides. All of the findings suggest that not the ice-polymer adhesion but the hydrophobic interactions of T20 in the interface layer might interfere with the water deposition on the ice crystal surfaces and contribute to the IRI activity of the T20 oligonucleotide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2118-2126
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - 8 May 2023

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean Government (MSIT) (Nos. 2020R1A2C2007101 and 2017R1A5A1015365) and the Korea Basic Science Institute (National Research Facilities and Equipment Center) grant funded by the Ministry of Education (2020R1A6C101B194).

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