Optical Fiber Nanotips Coated with Molecular Beacons for DNA Detection
AbstractOptical fiber sensors, thanks to their compactness, fast response and real-time measurements, have a large impact in the fields of life science research, drug discovery and medical diagnostics. In recent years, advances in nanotechnology have resulted in the development of nanotools, capable of entering the single cell, resulting in new nanobiosensors useful for the detection of biomolecules inside living cells. In this paper, we provide an application of a nanotip coupled with molecular beacons (MBs) for the detection of DNA. The MBs were characterized by hybridization studies with a complementary target to prove their functionality both free in solution and immobilized onto a solid support. The solid support chosen as substrate for the immobilization of the MBs was a 30 nm tapered tip of an optical fiber, fabricated by chemical etching. With this set-up promising results were obtained and a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.57 nM was reached, opening up the possibility of using the proposed nanotip to detect mRNAs inside the cytoplasm of living cells. View Full-Text
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Giannetti, A.; Barucci, A.; Cosi, F.; Pelli, S.; Tombelli, S.; Trono, C.; Baldini, F. Optical Fiber Nanotips Coated with Molecular Beacons for DNA Detection. Sensors 2015, 15, 9666-9680.
Giannetti A, Barucci A, Cosi F, Pelli S, Tombelli S, Trono C, Baldini F. Optical Fiber Nanotips Coated with Molecular Beacons for DNA Detection. Sensors. 2015; 15(5):9666-9680.Chicago/Turabian Style
Giannetti, Ambra; Barucci, Andrea; Cosi, Franco; Pelli, Stefano; Tombelli, Sara; Trono, Cosimo; Baldini, Francesco. 2015. "Optical Fiber Nanotips Coated with Molecular Beacons for DNA Detection." Sensors 15, no. 5: 9666-9680.