Silver particles enhance emission of fluorescent DNA oligomers

Joseph R. Lakowicz, Joanna Malicka, Ignacy Gryczynski

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Here we describe a new opportunity in methodology for increasing the detectability of fluorescently labeled DNA on solid substrates. We show that the use of glass substrates coated with metallic silver particles results in an approximate 5-fold increase in the intensity of Cy3- or Cy5-labeled DNA oligomers. Proximity to these silver particles also increases the photostability of Cy3- and Cy5-labeled oligomers. These results suggest the use of DNA array substrates with silver particles for increased sensitivity in genetic analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-68
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003


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