Special Issue "Nucleic Acid Probes"


A special issue of Chemosensors (ISSN 2227-9040).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Patrick J. Hrdlicka

Department of Chemistry, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 2343, Moscow, ID-83844, USA
Website: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~hrdlicka/index.htm
Interests: DNA recognition; DNA diagnostics; in vivo imaging; FISH; SNP detection; antisense; oligonucleotides; LNA; pyrene and intercalators

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Revolutionary advances in genome sequencing and nucleic acid biology over the past 15 years have resulted in an explosion of data and knowledge about the identity, function and regulation of cellular DNA and RNA. This insight is increasingly harnessed for applications in molecular biology, biotechnology, and medicine. In parallel with these advances, there has been a growing need for techniques that enable detection of nucleic acids. Cleverly designed probes and assays are already used to localize RNA expression in living cells, perform advanced karyotyping, detect disease-related single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), monitor enzyme activity, detect biological threat agents, and monitor PCR in real-time, to name only but a few important examples.

In this special issue of Chemosensors, we welcome communications, full papers and focused reviews on topics that pertain to the use of reporter-modified oligonucleotides and analogues thereof for the detection of nucleic acids and other biomolecules. This includes - but is not limited to - development and characterization of novel reporter-modified oligonucleotides/PNA/polyamides, aptasensors, assays and biosensors. Emphasis should be on chemistry/technology development and proof-of-concept studies, rather than adaptation of a well-established probes/assays/sensors to a new biological target. Please join us in collecting some of the best work in this exciting area from laboratories worldwide.

Dr. Patrick J. Hrdlicka
Guest Editor


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  • DNA/RNA/triplex/quadruplex/i-DNA/Z-DNA/H-DNA detection
  • detection via fluorescence, electrochemistry or EPR spectroscopy
  • hybridization probes
  • SNP-discriminating probes
  • base-discriminating fluorescent nucleotides
  • intrinsically fluorescent probes
  • detection of abasic sites or insertion/deletion mutations
  • elucidation of protein function
  • aptasensors
  • molecular beacons
  • dual probes
  • FRET wires
  • biosensors
  • fluorescence in situ hybridization
  • tricomponent reactions
  • QUAL; ECHO; LNA; PNA; polyamides; TALEN; CRISPR
  • zinc fingers
  • Invaders
  • gold nanoparticles
  • nanomaterials

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p. 36-54
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Chemosensors 2015, 3(2), 36-54; doi:10.3390/chemosensors3020036
Received: 4 September 2014 / Revised: 7 March 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 27 March 2015
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p. 267-286
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Chemosensors 2014, 2(4), 267-286; doi:10.3390/chemosensors2040267
Received: 31 August 2014 / Revised: 13 October 2014 / Accepted: 15 October 2014 / Published: 21 November 2014
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Chemosensors 2014, 2(3), 193-206; doi:10.3390/chemosensors2030193
Received: 2 February 2014 / Revised: 7 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 22 July 2014
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