Molecules 2012, 17(9), 11026-11045; doi:10.3390/molecules170911026
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Synthesis and Chromatography-Free Purification of PNA-PEO Conjugates for the Functionalisation of Gold Sensors

1 Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, via Marzolo, 9, 35131 Padova, Italy 2 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacology, University of Padova, via Marzolo, 5, 35131 Padova, Italy 3 Inter-University Consortium of Veneto for Nanotechnology (CIVEN), via delle Industrie, 5, 30174 Venezia, Italy 4 Institute of Food Sciences, CNR, via Roma, 64, 83100 Avellino, Italy 5 Physics Department, University of Padova, via Marzolo, 8, 35131 Padova, Italy
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Received: 1 June 2012; in revised form: 30 August 2012 / Accepted: 31 August 2012 / Published: 13 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nucleic Acid Analogs)
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Abstract: Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNAs) linked to high molecular weight (MW) poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) derivatives could be useful conjugates for the direct functionalisation of gold surfaces dedicated to Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)-based DNA sensing. However their use is hampered by the difficulty to obtain them through a convenient and economical route. In this work we compared three synthetic strategies to obtain PNA-high MW PEO conjugates composed of (a) a 15-mer PNA sequence as the probe complementary to genomic DNA of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, (b) a PEO moiety (2 or 5 KDa MW) and (c) a terminal trityl-protected thiol necessary (after acidic deprotection) for grafting to gold surfaces. The 15-mer PNA was obtained by solid-phase synthesis. Its amino terminal group was later condensed to bi-functional PEO derivatives (2 and 5 KDa MW) carrying a Trt-cysteine at one end and a carboxyl group at the other end. The reaction was carried out either in solution, using HATU or PyOxim as coupling agents, or through the solid-phase approach, with 49.6%, 100% and 5.2% yield, respectively. A differential solvent extraction strategy for product purification without the need for chromatography is described. The ability of the 5 KDa PEO conjugate to function as a probe for complementary DNA detection was demonstrated using a Grating-Coupling Surface Plasmon Resonance (GC-SPR) system. The optimized PEO conjugation and purification protocols are economical and simple enough to be reproduced also within laboratories that are not highly equipped for chemical synthesis.
Keywords: PEG; PEO; PNA; PNA-conjugate; surface plasmon resonance

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Dettin, M.; Silvestri, D.; Danesin, R.; Cretaio, E.; Picariello, G.; Casarin, E.; Sonato, A.; Romanato, F.; Morpurgo, M. Synthesis and Chromatography-Free Purification of PNA-PEO Conjugates for the Functionalisation of Gold Sensors. Molecules 2012, 17, 11026-11045.

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Dettin M, Silvestri D, Danesin R, Cretaio E, Picariello G, Casarin E, Sonato A, Romanato F, Morpurgo M. Synthesis and Chromatography-Free Purification of PNA-PEO Conjugates for the Functionalisation of Gold Sensors. Molecules. 2012; 17(9):11026-11045.

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Dettin, Monica; Silvestri, Davide; Danesin, Roberta; Cretaio, Erica; Picariello, Gianluca; Casarin, Elisabetta; Sonato, Agnese; Romanato, Filippo; Morpurgo, Margherita. 2012. "Synthesis and Chromatography-Free Purification of PNA-PEO Conjugates for the Functionalisation of Gold Sensors." Molecules 17, no. 9: 11026-11045.

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