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Biosens Bioelectron. 2014 Aug 15;58:205-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2014.02.060. Epub 2014 Mar 7.

Dual-color determination of protein via terminal protection of small-molecule-linked DNA and the enzymolysis of exonuclease III.

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Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, PR China.
2
Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, PR China. Electronic address: zhkhe@whu.edu.cn.

Abstract

We have developed a new dual-color fluorescent biosensor for protein detection based on terminal protection of small-molecule-linked DNA and the enzymolysis of exonuclease III (Exo III). The determination of streptavidin (SA) was realized via fluorescence signals of the green color from quantum dots (QDs) and the red from [Ru(phen)2(dppx)](2+). In the absence of SA, biotin-DNA was degradated by the Exo III, thus making the [Ru(phen)2(dppx)](2+) employed as a fluorescence quencher to the QDs. With the addition of SA, dual-color response appeared because of the specific binding between SA and biotin so that the biotin-dsDNA was protected and combined with [Ru(phen)2(dppx)](2+), leading to the QDs recovery and the generating of [Ru(phen)2(dppx)](2+) fluorescence. This sensor exhibited high sensitivity with a low detection limit (2.11ng/mL) and firstly introduced dual-color QDs-ruthenium complex dyads to protein assay.

KEYWORDS:

Dual-color; Protein detection; QDs; Terminal protection of small-molecule-linked DNA; [Ru(phen)(2)(dppx)](2+)

PMID:
24637170
DOI:
10.1016/j.bios.2014.02.060
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