Reconfigurable and resettable arithmetic logic units based on magnetic beads and DNA†
Based on the characteristics of magnetic beads and DNA, a simple and universal platform was developed for the integration of multiple logic gates to achieve resettable half adder and half subtractor functions. The signal reporter was composed of a split G-quadruplex DNAzyme and AuNP-surface immobilized molecular beacon molecule. The novel feature of the designed system is that the inputs (split G-quadruplexes) can interact with hairpin-modified Au NPs linked to magnetic particles. Another novel feature is that the logic operations can be reset by heating the output system and by using the magnetic separation of the computing modules. Moreover, the developed half adder and half subtractor are realized on a simple DNA/magnetic bead platform in an enzyme-free system and share a constant threshold setpoint. Due to the diversity and design flexibility of DNA, these investigations may provide a new method for the development of resettable DNA-based arithmetic operations.