Dip-and-read method for label-free renewable sensing enhanced using complex DNA structures

Min Zhang, Xiao Qin Jiang, Huynh Nhu Le, Ping Wang, Bang Ce Ye

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A label-free assay is reported in this work for the detection of DNA with enhanced sensitivity using complex DNA structures (DNA tetrahedrons) based on the biolayer interferometry. The DNA tetrahedrons help to amplify the optical signals of the biolayer interferometry, thus improving the detection limit of DNA by about 100-fold. We further demonstrated that this method could be expanded to ATP detection by taking advantage of the target-dependent adaptability of aptamers. It appears to us that this new label-free assay promises new opportunities for developing novel biolayer interferometry assays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-478
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 13 2013


  • DNA detection
  • DNA tetrahedron
  • aptamer
  • label-free
  • signal amplification, dip-and-read


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