Stable dye-labelled oligonucleotide-nanoparticle conjugates for nucleic acid detection

Lee Barrett, Jennifer A. Dougan, Karen Faulds, Duncan Graham

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Abstract

Metallic nanoparticles functionalized with oligonucleotides are used for a number of nucleic acid detection strategies. However, oligonucleotide-nanoparticle conjugates suffer from a lack of stability when exposed to certain conditions associated with DNA detection assays. In this study, we report the synthesis of thiol and thioctic acid-modified oligonucleotide gold nanoparticle (OGNs) conjugates functionalized with a dye label and varying spacer groups. The thioctic acid-modified conjugates exhibit increased stability when treated with dithiothreitol (DTT) compared to the more commonly used thiol modification. When the dye labelled oligonucleotide nanoparticle conjugates are exposed to the same conditions there is a pronounced increase in the stability for both thioctic acid and thiol modified sequences. These results open up the possibility of simply using a dye label to enhance the stability of oligonucleotide-nanoparticle conjugates in DNA detection assays where the enhanced stability of the conjugate system can be advantageous in more complex biological environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3221-3227
Number of pages7
JournalNanoscale
Volume3
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • raman scattering
  • nanoparicles
  • polymerase chain reaction
  • bound primers
  • dna
  • probes
  • serrs
  • TIC - Bionanotechnology

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