DNA binding and hybridization on gold and derivatized surfaces

CSIRO, Division of Chemicals and Polymers, Private Bag 10, Clayton South MDC, Vic. 3169, Australia
Biosensors & Bioelectronics (Impact Factor: 6.41). 06/1997; 41(1):189-197. DOI: 10.1016/S0925-4005(97)80294-8


The binding of various single- and double-stranded DNAs onto gold and derivatized gold surfaces, and their hybridization with complementary DNA species, have been investigated using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The DNA species employed were a 21-mer oligonucleotide (Mbo21), several double-stranded plasmid DNAs (7.2 kilobases) modified by incorporation of α-phosphothio-nucleotides into the ends of the linearized plasmid DNA (pPS-Sx, where x represents the number of α-phosphothio-nucleotides), and a 30-mer oligonucleotide having a mercaptohexyl group at the 5′-phosphate end (BS1-SH). Both QCM and SPR data reveal that unmodified DNA does not spontaneously adsorb onto underivatized gold surfaces from aqueous solutions. Modification of the gold surface through the attachment of an ionizable thiol compound, 2-dimethylaminoethanethiol hydrochloride (DMAET), allows DNA to adsorb through electrostatic interactions. SPR measurements confirm the presence of Mbo21 DNA on the DMAET-modified gold surface. Immobilized Mbo21, however, does not undergo hybridization. QCM and SPR data suggest that pPS-S4, pPS-S50 and BS1-SH DNA all assume a flat orientation on gold. No hybridization of single-stranded DNA to gold-immobilized pPS-S4 and pPS-S50 could be detected. In contrast 30-mer DNA binding from solution to the complement BS1-SH immobilized on gold reveals hybridization of the DNA strands.

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    • "Although the method is very sensitive, the necessity for prior chemical modification is its obvious inherent drawback. Hence, alternative detection methods have been actively pursued in recent years, and one promising method is the adoption of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy in which changes in the refractive indices of the solid substrate can be correlated with the extent of hybridization of two complementary DNA strands (Georgiadis et al., 2000; Caruso et al., 1997; Peterlinz et al., 1997; Smith et al., 2001). The electrochemical method is also attracting attention as an alternative detection method since one can readily monitor the redox reactions of electroactive species once it is added as an intercalator of two complementary DNA strands (Takenaka et al., 2000). "
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    • "The changes in Df 0 for the bare electrode were a little larger than that of the dithiol modified electrode. This may result from the fact that dithiol with short-chain has some ability to dissolve the Au electrode (Caruso et al., 1997) and the changes caused by the BSA adsorption are counteracted. For the case of nanogold modified electrode, the Df 0 value was nearly two times of that for the case when no nanogold particles were used. "
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