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Ratiometric Catalyzed-Assembly of NanoCluster Beacons: A Nonenzymatic Approach for Amplified DNA Detection

Ratiometric Catalyzed-Assembly of NanoCluster Beacons: A Nonenzymatic Approach for Amplified DNA Detection
Feng Li, Qing Hong, Ximei Sun, Lei Ge
In this work, a novel fluorescent transformation phenomenon of oligonucleotide-encapsulated silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) was demonstrated, in which green-emissive AgNCs effectively transformed to red-emissive AgNCs when placed in close proximity to a special DNA fragment (denoted as convertor here). Taking advantage of a catalyzed-hairpin-assembly (CHA) amplification strategy, we rationally and compatibly engineered a simple and sensitive AgNC-based fluorescent signal amplification strategy through the ratiometric catalyzed-assembly (RCA) of green-emissive NanoCluster Beacon (NCB) with a convertor modified DNA hairpin to induce the template transformation circularly. The proposed ratiometric fluorescent biosensing platform based on RCA-amplified NCB (RCA-NCB) emits intense green fluorescence in the absence of target DNA and will undergo consecutively fluorescent signal transformation from green emission to red emission upon exposure to its target DNA. The ratiometric adaptation of the NCB to CHA circuit advances their general usability as biosensing platform with great improvements in detection sensitivity. By measuring the fluorescence intensity ratio of the red emission and green emission, the proposed RCA-NCB platform exhibits sensitive and accurate analytical performance toward Werner Syndrome-relevant gene, the proof-of-concept target in this work. A low detection limit down to the pM level was achieved, which is lower than most of the reported AgNC-based fluorescent DNA biosensors, making the proposed RCA-NCB biosensing strategy appealing in amplifying the ratiometric fluorescent signal for sensitive DNA detection. Moreover, our proposed RCA-NCB platform shows good recovery toward the target DNA in real human serum samples, illustrating their potential promise for clinical and imaging applications in the future.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b09034

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b09034

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