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Nucleic Acids Res. 2004 Apr 28;32(8):2372-7. Print 2004.

Mismatching base-pair dependence of the kinetics of DNA-DNA hybridization studied by surface plasmon fluorescence spectroscopy.

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Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, D-55128 Mainz, Germany.


Two single-stranded DNAs consisting of complementary base pairs except for one mismatching base pair (MM1) can form double-stranded DNA by molecular recognition. This type of duplex is not as stable as that formed by MM0. In order to add to a better understanding of the physical mechanism of the hybridization and dissociation processes at sensor (chip) surfaces, we studied the kinetics of the MM1 hybridization by surface plasmon fluorescence spectroscopy. Target DNA strands labelled with a fluorescent molecule Cy5 at the 5' end and hybridizing with the surface-attached probe DNA can be excited by the strong optical field of a surface plasmon resonance mode. The emitted fluorescence can be detected with high sensitivity. The affinity of a duplex was found to depend on the chemical nature, i.e. G-G, G-T etc., and on the position of the mismatching base pair along the 15mer duplex.

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