Increased Intensities of YOYO-1-labeled DNA Oligomers Near Silver Particles

Joseph R. Lakowicz, Joanna Malicka, Ignacy Gryczynski

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DNA detection is usually performed using fluorescence probes. Using a DNA oligomer stained with the widely used dye 1,1′ -[1,3-propanediylbis[(dimethylimino)-3,1-propanediyl]]-bis[4-[(3-methyl-2(3H) -benzoxazolylidene)methyl]]-quinolinum tetraiodide (YOYO-1), we show that a substrate containing silver particles can lead to a greater than 10-fold increase in the fluorescence intensity. Proximity to silver particles also increases the photostability of YOYO-1-DNA. These results suggest that substrates or gels containing silver particles may be used for increased sensitivity in DNA detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-607
Number of pages4
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2003


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