Thymidine-functionalized silica nanotubes for selective recognition and separation of oligoadenosines

Nam Hoon Kim, Hye Young Lee, Youngje Cho, Won Seok Han, Dongmin Kang, Shim Sung Lee, Jong Hwa Jung

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Thymidine receptor residues were covalently attached to the inner side wall of silica nanotubes (SNTs). The adsorption capacities of the thymidine-functionalized silica nanotubes (T-SNTs) with nucleic acids and oligonucleic acids were evaluated. The T-SNTs exhibited excellent selectivity both in recognition and separation of adenosine and adenosine-based oligonucleotides, because adenosine and oligoadenosine were selectively bound to the inner surface of T-SNTs by formation of complementary intermolecular hydrogen bonds. On the other hand, guanosine, cytosine and oligoguanosine derivatives were not bound to the T-SNTs. The T-SNTs selectively separated 95% of oligoadenosine from a mixture of equal amounts of oligocytosine and oligoguanosine. Our results imply that the T-SNTs can be used as a selective receptor and separator for the extraction and separation of adenosine and oligoadenosine derivatives in aqueous solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2139-2144
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2010


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