3 years ago

An ultra-sensitive fluorescent “Turn on” biosensor for glutathione and its application in living cells

An ultra-sensitive fluorescent “Turn on” biosensor for glutathione and its application in living cells
In this work, an effective controlled-release biosensor based on Au nanocages (AuNCs) capped with disulfide-containing DNA molecular gates was developed for ultra-sensitive and highly selective detection of glutathione (GSH). Oligonucleotides containing the S-S bonds were assembled on the surface of the AuNCs by means of electrostatic interactions in order to inhibit the release of fluorescent molecules such as Rhodamine B (RhB) loaded by AuNCs. In the presence of GSH, due to the specific cleavage of S-S bonds in disulfide-containing single-stranded DNAs (ssDNAs) as well as their subsequent departure from the surface of AuNCs, the pores could be opened, and then the dye molecules would be released from AuNCs. The concentration of GSH ranged from 1.0 × 10−12 to 6.0 × 10−10 M could be detected. The developed amplification strategy based on the controlled-release of fluorescent molecules reached an extraordinary sensitivity of GSH. A detection limit of as low as 4.8 × 10−13 M with an excellent selectivity toward GSH could be achieved. The results of fluorescence microscopy imaging of GSH in living cells indicate that the fabricated system is an efficient controlled-release biosensor in response to intracellular target molecules and predict its potential use for in situ molecular imaging in living systems.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0003267017311832

You might also like
Discover & Discuss Important Research

Keeping up-to-date with research can feel impossible, with papers being published faster than you'll ever be able to read them. That's where Researcher comes in: we're simplifying discovery and making important discussions happen. With over 19,000 sources, including peer-reviewed journals, preprints, blogs, universities, podcasts and Live events across 10 research areas, you'll never miss what's important to you. It's like social media, but better. Oh, and we should mention - it's free.

  • Download from Google Play
  • Download from App Store
  • Download from AppInChina

Researcher displays publicly available abstracts and doesn’t host any full article content. If the content is open access, we will direct clicks from the abstracts to the publisher website and display the PDF copy on our platform. Clicks to view the full text will be directed to the publisher website, where only users with subscriptions or access through their institution are able to view the full article.