Surface plamon resonance imaging of DNA based biosensors for potential applications in food analysis
ABSTRACT The adsorption processes of oligonucleotides immobilised onto suitable photolithographic patterned gold substrates have been investigated in aqueous buffer solution by using a home made surface plasmon resonance (SPR) imaging equipment. A rapid self-assembled method for the construction of DNA chips to be used in SPR imaging experiments have been followed. The immobilised DNA molecules (probes) adopted in our SPR experiments anchored to a gold surface via thiol group were 5′thiol-modified containing a (CH2)15 tail. The hybridisation processes taking place with its complementary sequence have been observed and characterized by monitoring phenomena by a SPR imaging system. The two analysed oligonucleotides (probes and target) are of interest in plant gene biotechnological application and differing for the presence at the 5′-end of a poly T16 spacer. Dynamic investigation of smallest changes in SPR imaging pictures performed in liquid phase in the presence of DNA complementary probes have been performed. Quantitative information in terms of threshold of sensitivity has been extracted by using a specific images treatment.
Article: Phase-sensitive spatially-modulated surface plasmon resonance polarimetry for detection of biomolecular interactions[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We here describe a scheme of spatially modulated surface plasmon resonance (SPR) polarimetry that enables to combine ultra-high phase sensitivity with good signal-to-noise background. The proposed approach uses spatial modulation of s-polarized component by birefringent elements and the extraction of phase-polarization information by Fourier-transform methods. This scheme was tested for monitoring the interactions between an antibody and its biological partner. Our experimental data, collected by amplitude-sensitive and phase-sensitive polarimetry demonstrate that the latter scheme provides at least one order of magnitude improvement in terms of detection limit.Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.
Article: Absorption and related optical dispersion effects on the spectral response of a surface plasmon resonance sensor.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensing is an optical technique that allows real time detection of small changes in the physical properties, in particular in the refractive index, of a dielectric medium near a metal film surface. One way to increase the SPR signal shift is then to incorporate a substance possessing a strong dispersive refractive index in the range of the plasmon resonance band. In this paper, we investigate the impact of materials possessing a strong dispersive index integrated to the dielectric medium on the SPR reflectivity profile. We present theoretical results based on chromophore absorption spectra and on their associated refractive index obtained from the Lorentz approach and Kramers-Krönig equations. As predicted by the theory, the experimental results show an enhancement of the SPR response, maximized when the chromophore absorption band coincides with the plasmon resonant wavelength. This shows that chromophores labeling can provide a potential way for SPR response enhancement.Applied Optics 12/2008; 47(33):6177-82. · 1.41 Impact Factor