DNA hybridization using surface plasmon-coupled emission

Joanna Malicka, Ignacy Gryczynski, Zygmunt Gryczynski, Joseph R. Lakowicz

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We described a new approach to measuring DNA hybridization using surface plasmon-coupled emission (SPCE). This phenomenon occurs for fluorophores within few hundreds of nanometers of a thin metal film on a glass substrate, in our case a 50 nm thick silver film. Excited fluorophores coupled with the surface plasmons in the metal resulting in directional emission through the glass substrate. We studied the emission of Cy3-labeled DNA oligomers bound to complementary unlabeled biotinylated-oligomers, which were bound to the metal surface via a streptavidin-BSA monolayer. Hybridization resulted in directional emission of Cy3-DNA into the prism. Additionally, the use of SPCE resulted in suppression of interfering emission from non-complementary Cy5-DNA oligomers due to weaker coupling of the more distant fluorophores with the surface plasmons. A large fraction of the total potential emission can couple to the surface plasmon resulting in improved sensitivity. We expect SPCE to have numerous applications to nucleic acid analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
EventProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Biomedical Vibrational Spectroscopy and Biohazard Detection Technologies - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 25 Jan 200427 Jan 2004


  • Dna hybridization
  • Silver film
  • Surface plasmon-coupled emission


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