Journal of Nucleic Acids

Synthesis and Application of Functional Nucleic Acids

Publishing date
15 Oct 2011
Submission deadline
15 Apr 2011

Lead Editor

1Faculty of Frontiers of Innovative Research in Science and Technology (FIRST), Konan University, 7-1-20, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan

2Physics Department E14, Technical University Munich, James-Franck-Straße, 85748 Garching, Germany

3Proteomics and Structural Biology Unit, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR), Mall Road, New Delhi, India

4Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-6025, USA

Synthesis and Application of Functional Nucleic Acids


The main biological function of nucleic acids is to store and transmit genetic information required for life. However, both DNA and RNA can serve purposes beyond genetic storage and transfer. They can display catalytic activity for various chemical reactions, binding affinity for diverse molecules, and responsiveness for chemical stimuli. Since the discovery of naturally occurring catalytic RNA (ribozymes) in the 1980s, RNA molecules with certain functions have been discovered in nature, selected from random pools, or designed rationally. Although no natural DNA catalysts have been reported, many artificial deoxyribozymes and DNA aptamers have been described. In addition, DNA and RNA switches have been discovered in nature and developed to regulate biological and chemical reactions. These functional nucleic acids have been employed for a broad spectrum of applications in biotechnology. Moreover, functional nucleic acids are opening new avenues for nanotechnology ranging from biosensors to computation. We believe that the time is ripe in this related research area to expand functions of nucleic acids and to explore new directions for functional nucleic acids.

This special issue will focus on the synthesis and application of functional nucleic acids. We invite authors to submit original research as well as review articles of recent topics related to nucleic acids with functionalities. Chemical synthesis and characterization of nucleic acids also would be of great interest. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Rational or evolutionary design of functional nucleic acids
  • Chemical synthesis and modification of nucleic acids
  • New methodologies for the development of functional nucleic acids
  • (Deoxy)ribozymes
  • DNA and RNA aptamers
  • (Deoxy)riboswitches
  • Structure-function relationship of nucleic acids
  • Higher-order structure of nucleic acids
  • Functional nucleic acids in biotechnology
  • Functional nucleic acids in nanotechnology
  • Biophysical and biochemical studies of nucleic acids

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