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Blink and you’ll miss it: a new biosensing strategy with nucleic acids

Sameer Sajja , Brandon K. Roark , Morgan Chandler and Marcus Jones EMAIL logo


Fluorescent biosensors typically use energy or electron transfer to modulate the emission from a fluorophore. This requirement often makes it difficult to change the biosensor to make it selective to a difference target. In this research highlight we describe a recently reported strategy that relies, for the first time, on fluorescence blinking from nucleic acid-coupled quantum dots to report the presence of a target molecule. This strategy produces a decoupled biosensor, whose fluorescence output is not directly modulated by interaction with the target. The resulting biosensor can be readily modified to sense any target that can be selectively bound to nucleic acids and is therefore much more widely applicable than the vast majority of fluorescent sensors that have been reported.


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Received: 2017-3-28
Accepted: 2017-5-19
Published Online: 2017-9-6
Published in Print: 2017-8-28

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