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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|State||Published - Jun 2003|