Hierarchy of DNA immobilization and hybridization on poly-L-lysine using an atomic force microscopy study

Sawant, P.D., Watson, G.S., Nicolau, D., Myhra, S., and Nicolau, D.V. (2005) Hierarchy of DNA immobilization and hybridization on poly-L-lysine using an atomic force microscopy study. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 5 (6). pp. 951-957.

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The atomic force microscopy has been used to analyze the immobilization of single stranded DNA on poly-L-lysine-coated glass and subsequent hybridization with complimentary DNA with the Z-threshold parameter and fractal analysis methods. The poly-L-lysine layer, which has a thickness of approximately 7 nm, presents nano-defects that could be critical for DNA immobilization by acting as a nucleation sites for ssDNA and subsequently for dsDNA aggregates. The Z-threshold for the dsDNA aggregates is much larger than for ssDNA, but the statistical fractal dimension is very similar, suggesting a conformal increase of the dimensions of the dsDNA aggregates mainly in the Z-direction, due to an effective ssDNA-ccDNA molecular recognition. This study demonstrates the use of fractal analysis in conjunction with the distribution of heights to evaluate the efficiency of DNA-DNA molecular recognition on surfaces and the impact of nanodefects.

Item ID: 18214
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1533-4899
Keywords: Biochips, DNA, AFM, immobilization, hybridization, nanoeffects, poly-l-lysine
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2011 00:24
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090399 Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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