RNA Nanostructures

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Title: RNA Nanostructures
Description: This atomic force microscopy image shows hexameric RNA nanostructures built using a tiny machine called the phi29 DNA-packaging nanomotor. The nanomotor (modeled after a natural virus that infects bacteria) successfully attached six triangle-shaped structures to each RNA molecule. These nanostructures are important building blocks for the development of nanomedicines programmable by size and shape that can deliver drugs specifically to cancer cells. The ultimate goal of this work is to decipher the optimal shape, size, elastic modulus, and targeting motifs that will most effectively deliver gene therapies and and chemotherapies to cancer cells.

This image is part of the following collections:
Nanotechnology Image Library
NCI Cancer Close Up 2017
Topics/Categories: Science and Technology -- Nanotechnology
Type: Color, Photo
Source: National Cancer Institute \ University of Kentucky
Creator: Yi Shu, Luda Shlyakhtenko, Peixuan Guo
Date Created: 2015
Date Added: March 20, 2017
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.