DNA Cages with Icosahedral Symmetry in Bionanotechnology

  • Nataša JonoskaEmail author
  • Anne Taormina
  • Reidun Twarock
Part of the Natural Computing Series book series (NCS)


Blueprints for polyhedral cages with icosahedral symmetry made of circular DNA molecules are provided. The basic rule is that every edge of the cage is met twice in opposite directions by the DNA strand(s), and vertex junctions are realized by a set of admissible junction types. As nanocontainers for cargo storage and delivery, the icosidodecahedral cages are of special interest because they have the largest volume per surface ratio of all cages discussed here.


Icosahedral Symmetry Dashed Blue Line Double Helical Structure Separate Strand Pentagonal Face 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nataša Jonoska
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anne Taormina
    • 2
  • Reidun Twarock
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  3. 3.Department of Mathematics and Department of BiologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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