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Conjugated polyelectrolytes with a label-free aptamer for specific protein photoinactivation

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Abstract

Chromophore-assisted light inactivation (CALI) is a significant technique to realize knockdown or loss-of-function of target protein molecules in a spatiotemporally regulated manner. Based on the advantages of CALI, we hybridized PPET3-N2, a well-studied cation conjugated polyelectrolyte (CP), with a label-free DNA containing aptamer via electronic and hydrophobic interactions to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) under light irradiation, which resulted in specific inactivation of the protein of interest, thrombin. The aptamer introduced into the system formed a complex with thrombin, whereby the aptamer decreased the distance between the PPET3-N2/DNA hybrid and thrombin. This proposed strategy efficiently inactivated thrombin with good specificity and provides a novel and universal approach for controlled inactivation of biomolecules.

Graphical abstract: Conjugated polyelectrolytes with a label-free aptamer for specific protein photoinactivation

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The article was received on 04 Feb 2018, accepted on 23 Mar 2018 and first published on 28 Mar 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8AY00272J
Citation: Anal. Methods, 2018, Advance Article
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    Conjugated polyelectrolytes with a label-free aptamer for specific protein photoinactivation

    W. Fang, S. Liu, C. Tan, A. Li, Y. Tan and Y. Jiang, Anal. Methods, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8AY00272J

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