Here, we report the direct visualization of the assembly/disassembly processes of photoresponsive DNA origami nanostructures which can be placed on a lipid bilayer surface. The observation relies on controlled interactions between the bilayer components and cholesterol moieties introduced to the hexagonal origami structures, one of whose outer edges carries Azo-ODNs. The bilayer-placed hexagonal dimer was disassembled into monomer units by UV irradiation, and reversibly assembled again during visible light irradiation. These dynamic processes were directly monitored with high-speed atomic force microscopy. The successful application of our approach should facilitate studies of interactive and functional behaviors of various DNA nanostructures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry