DNA Hydrogel Fiber with Self-Entanglement Prepared by Using an Ionic Liquid
Spinning strands: A hydrogel fiber made entirely of DNA without any covalent cross-links, composed of intertwined toroid entanglements of flexible DNA strands (see scheme), was prepared by a one-step wet-spinning method with a hydrophilic ionic liquid as the condensing agent and coagulation solvent. The internal structure of the fiber was a disordered arrangement of strands with a B-DNA form. The fiber was also stable in various aqueous solutions.
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