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Janus DNA orthogonal adsorption of graphene oxide and metal oxide nanoparticles enabling stable sensing in serum

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Abstract

While DNA/graphene oxide (GO) conjugates have been widely used for DNA detection, they suffer from non-specific DNA displacement by proteins, making their application in biological samples difficult. To find new materials tightly adsorbing DNA but not proteins, we screened seven metal oxide nanoparticles, all interacting with the phosphate backbone of DNA, while DNA uses its nucleobases to interact with GO. In this regard, DNA is a Janus polymer orthogonally adsorbing GO and metal oxides. The DNA adsorption affinity ranks CoO > NiO > Cr2O3 > Fe2O3 > Fe3O4 > TiO2 > CeO2 based on a phosphate displacement assay. Among them, CoO is nearly fully resistant to protein displacement, while NiO has the best limit of detection of 0.24 nM DNA. This study provides fundamental insights into the biointerface chemistry of DNA, and reveals new materials useful for bioanalytical chemistry, DNA separation, and DNA-directed assembly.

Graphical abstract: Janus DNA orthogonal adsorption of graphene oxide and metal oxide nanoparticles enabling stable sensing in serum

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Submitted
27 Sep 2017
Accepted
27 Oct 2017
First published
27 Oct 2017

Mater. Horiz., 2018,5, 65-69
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Communication

Janus DNA orthogonal adsorption of graphene oxide and metal oxide nanoparticles enabling stable sensing in serum

B. Liu, L. Ma, Z. Huang, H. Hu, P. Wu and J. Liu, Mater. Horiz., 2018, 5, 65
DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00804J

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