Subnanomolar Detection of Oligonucleotides through Templated Fluorogenic Reaction in Hydrogels: Controlling Diffusion to Improve Sensitivity

Dana Al Sulaiman, Jason Y.H. Chang, Sylvain Ladame

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Abstract

Oligonucleotide-templated reactions are valuable tools for nucleic acid sensing both in vitro and in vivo. They are typically carried out under conditions that make any reaction in the absence of template highly unfavorable (most commonly by using a low concentration of reactants), which has a negative impact on the detection sensitivity. Herein, we report a novel platform for fluorogenic oligonucleotide-templated reactions between peptide nucleic acid probes embedded within permeable agarose and alginate hydrogels. We demonstrate that under conditions of restricted mobility (that is, limited diffusion), non-specific interactions between probes are prevented, thus leading to lower background signals. When applied to nucleic acid sensing, this accounts for a significant increase in sensitivity (that is, lower limit of detection). Optical nucleic acid sensors based on fluorogenic peptide nucleic acid probes embedded in permeable, physically crosslinked, alginate beads were also engineered and proved capable of detecting DNA concentrations as low as 100 pm.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5247-5251
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume56
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis

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