Development of a Binding-induced DNA Nanosensor Based on Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer

  • Author / Creator
    Li, Xukun
  • This thesis describes a binding-induced DNA nanosensor and its application to homogeneous detection of DNA and proteins. This nanosensor was based on the binding-induced assembly of fluorescently labeled DNA on the DNA-functionalized quantum dots, resulting in fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the quantum dots (605 QDs) and the fluorescent dye (Cy5). The sensor was applied to the detection of single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the p53 gene sequence and the detection of platelet derived growth factor, with pM detection limits. This strategy can be applied to developing assays for a wide range of targets by functionalizing the surface of quantum dots with appropriate affinity ligands (e.g., aptamers and antibodies).

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2013
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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