Magnetic and gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles as a DNA sensor

Gilles K. Kouassi, Joseph Irudayaraj

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In this study, we report the chemical synthesis and functionalization of magnetic and gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles and the immobilization of single-stranded biotinylated oligonucleotides onto these particles. Selected sequences specific to the BRCA1 gene were used as a test platform. The binding of oligonucleotides to these particles was achieved through a streptavidin-biotin bridge via a carbodiimide activation protocol. Particle size and oligonucleotide attachment were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy; oligonucleotide binding was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and hybridization confirmed by fluorescence emission from the fluorophore attached to the target oligonucleotide strand. The rate of hybridization was measured using a spectrofluorometer and a microarray scanner. The rate of hybridization of oligonucleotides bound to the synthesized particles depends on the inorganic support material and its surface chemistry. The rate of hybridization increased concomitantly with the concentration of the probe and the target in the reaction medium. Furthermore, exposure of probe and target oligonucleotide to a combination of target and noncomplementary DNA strand reduced the rate of hybridization, possibly because of steric crowding in the reaction medium and cross-linking between reacting oligonucleotides and the noncomplementary strands. The study undertaken opens several possibilities in bioconjugate attachment to functionalized iron and iron nanocomposite structures for controlled manipulation and handling using magnetic fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3234-3241
Number of pages8
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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