Electrochemical genosensors for biomedical applications based on gold nanoparticles

M. T. Castañeda, A. Merkoçi, M. Pumera, S. Alegret

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Two gold nanoparticles-based genomagnetic sensors designs for detection of DNA hybridization are described. Both assays are based on a magnetically induced direct electrochemical detection of gold tags on magnetic graphite-epoxy composite electrodes. The first design is a two strands assay format that consists of the hybridization between a capture DNA strand which is linked with paramagnetic beads and another DNA strand related to BRCA1 breast cancer gene used as a target which is coupled with streptavidin-gold nanoparticles. The second genomagnetic sensor design is a sandwich assay format with more application possibilities. A cystic fibrosis related DNA strand is used as a target and sandwiched between two complementary DNA probes: the first one linked with paramagnetic beads and a second one modified with gold nanoparticles via biotin-streptavidin complexation reactions. The electrochemical detection of gold nanoparticles by differential pulse voltammetry was performed in both cases. The developed genomagnetic sensors provide a reliable discrimination against noncomplementary DNA as well against one and three-base mismatches. Optimization parameters affecting the hybridization and analytical performance of the developed genosensors are shown for genomagnetic assays of DNA sequences related with the breast cancer and cystic fibrosis genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1961-1967
Number of pages7
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the Spanish “Ramón Areces” foundation (project ‘Bionanosensores’) and MEC (Madrid) (Projects MAT2005-03553, BIO2004-02776 and CONSOLIDER NANOBIOMED and “Ramón y Cajal” program, A.M.).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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