ISSN 2514-3247
(2017), Vol 1, 13-18

Published online: 11 Nov 2017

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Taiichi Sakamoto

Department of Life Science, Faculty of Advanced Engineering, Chiba Institute of Technology, 2-17-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino-shi, Chiba 275-0016, Japan

Correspondence to: Taiichi Sakamoto, Email:

Received:  18 October 2017 | Revised:  11 November 2017 | Accepted:  11 November 2017

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Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a powerful technique that helps to determine the structures of biomolecules. Since the 1980s when nuclear magnetic resonance began to be applied in the determination of nucleic acid structures, it has been used to study aptamer structures and aptamer–target interactions. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy has revealed that aptamers adopt characteristic conformations and bind specifically to their targets. It is not easy to determine the structure of aptamers by nuclear magnetic resonance, especially in the case of aptamer–large target molecule complexes. However, nuclear magnetic resonance provides useful information about aptamers, even when their structure cannot be determined. This review includes the studies in which nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy was employed recently to analyse aptamers in several ways in addition to analysing them for structure determination.

KEYWORDS: Nuclear magnetic resonance, aptamer, tertiary structure, interaction, secondary structure

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