Microchimica Acta

, Volume 175, Issue 3, pp 355–359

CdS quantum dots as a fluorescent sensing platform for nucleic acid detection

  • Wenbo Lu
  • Xiaoyun Qin
  • Yonglan Luo
  • Guohui Chang
  • Xuping Sun
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00604-011-0657-5

Cite this article as:
Lu, W., Qin, X., Luo, Y. et al. Microchim Acta (2011) 175: 355. doi:10.1007/s00604-011-0657-5

Abstract

We demonstrate that CdS quantum dots (QDs) can be applied to fluorescence-enhanced detection of nucleic acids in a two-step protocol. In step one, a fluorescently labeled single-stranded DNA probe is adsorbed on the QDs to quench its luminescence. In step two, the hybridization of the probe with its target ssDNA produces a double-stranded DNA which detaches from the QD. This, in turn, leads to the recovery of the fluorescence of the label. The lower detection limit of the assay is as low as 1 nM. The scheme (that was applied to detect a target DNA related to the HIV) is simple and can differentiate between perfectly complementary targets and mismatches.

Figure

CdS quantum dots (CdSQDs) can serve as an effective sensing platform for fluorescence-enhanced DNA detection. This sensing system has a detection limit of 1 nM and is capable of differentiating between complementary and mismatched sequences.

Keyword

CdS quantum dots DNA detection Fluorescence 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenbo Lu
    • 1
  • Xiaoyun Qin
    • 1
  • Yonglan Luo
    • 1
  • Guohui Chang
    • 1
  • Xuping Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical Synthesis and Pollution Control Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringChina West Normal UniversityNanchongChina

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