Electrochemical measurements of DNA melting on surfaces

Irina Belozerova, Dongbiao Ge, Rastislav Levicky

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Abstract

Thermal denaturation, or melting, measurements are a classic technique for analysis of thermodynamics of nucleic base driven associations in solution, as well as of interactions between nucleic acids and small molecule ligands such as drugs or carcinogens. Performed on surface-immobilized DNA films, this well-established technique can help understand how energetics of surface hybridization relate to those in solution, as well as provide high-throughput platforms for screening of small molecule ligands. Here we describe methods for measuring DNA melting transitions at solid/liquid interfaces with focus on the role of immobilization chemistry, including a common "immobilization- through-self-assembly" approach that is effective at moderate temperatures, and a thermo-stable approach based on polymer-supported DNA monolayers that can be used at elevated temperatures. We also discuss conditions necessary for reversible measurements, as signified by superimposition of the association (cooling) and dissociation (heating) transitions of immobilized DNA strands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanomaterial Interfaces in Biology: Methods and Protocols
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Pages127-136
Number of pages10
Volume1025
ISBN (Print)9781627034616
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
Volume1025
ISSN (Print)10643745

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Immobilized Nucleic Acids
Nucleic Acid Denaturation
Immobilization
Ligands
Temperature
Thermodynamics
Carcinogens
Heating
Nucleic Acids
Freezing
Polymers
Hot Temperature
DNA
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • DNA melting
  • Electrochemistry
  • Monolayers
  • Stability
  • Surfaces
  • Thermodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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Belozerova, I., Ge, D., & Levicky, R. (2013). Electrochemical measurements of DNA melting on surfaces. In Nanomaterial Interfaces in Biology: Methods and Protocols (Vol. 1025, pp. 127-136). (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1025). Humana Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-462-3_10

Electrochemical measurements of DNA melting on surfaces. / Belozerova, Irina; Ge, Dongbiao; Levicky, Rastislav.

Nanomaterial Interfaces in Biology: Methods and Protocols. Vol. 1025 Humana Press Inc., 2013. p. 127-136 (Methods in Molecular Biology; Vol. 1025).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Belozerova, I, Ge, D & Levicky, R 2013, Electrochemical measurements of DNA melting on surfaces. in Nanomaterial Interfaces in Biology: Methods and Protocols. vol. 1025, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1025, Humana Press Inc., pp. 127-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-462-3_10
Belozerova I, Ge D, Levicky R. Electrochemical measurements of DNA melting on surfaces. In Nanomaterial Interfaces in Biology: Methods and Protocols. Vol. 1025. Humana Press Inc. 2013. p. 127-136. (Methods in Molecular Biology). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-462-3_10
Belozerova, Irina ; Ge, Dongbiao ; Levicky, Rastislav. / Electrochemical measurements of DNA melting on surfaces. Nanomaterial Interfaces in Biology: Methods and Protocols. Vol. 1025 Humana Press Inc., 2013. pp. 127-136 (Methods in Molecular Biology).
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