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Detection of DNA hybridisation in a diluted serum matrix by surface plasmon resonance and film bulk acoustic resonators

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387-1396
Number of pages10
JournalAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Nanomolar quantities of single-stranded DNA products ∼ 100 nucleotides long can be detected in diluted 1% serum by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs). We have used a novel FBAR sensor in parallel with SPR and obtained promising results with both the acoustic and the optical device. Oligonucleotides and a repellent lipoamide, Lipa-DEA, were allowed to assemble on the sensor chip surfaces for only 15 min by dispensing. Lipa-DEA surrounds the analyte-binding probes on the surface and effectively reduces the non-specific binding of bovine serum albumin and non-complementary strands. In a highly diluted serum matrix, the non-specific binding is, however, a hindrance, and the background response must be reduced. Nanomolar concentrations of short complementary oligos could be detected in buffer, whereas the response was too low to be measured in serum. DNA strands that are approximately 100 base pairs long at concentrations as low as 1-nM could be detected both in buffer and in 1% serum by both SPR and the FBAR resonator.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • DNA hybridisation detection, DNA sensor, Film bulk acoustic resonator, Self-assembled monolayer, Serum, Surface plasmon resonance