DNA Diagnostics: Optical or by Electronics?

Hadayat Ullah Khan, Wolfgang Knoll

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In this paper, we very briefly review DNA biosensors based on optical and electrical detection principles, referring mainly to our past work applying both techniques but here using nearly identical sensor chip surface architectures, i.e., capture probe layers that were prepared based on a pulsed plasma deposition protocol for maleic anhydride and subsequent wet-chemical attachment of the amine-functionalized peptide nucleic acid (PNA) probe oligonucleotides. 15 mer DNA target strands, labeled with Cy5-chromophores that were attached at the 5’ end were used for surface plasmon optical detection and the same target DNA but without label was used in OTFT sensor-based detection where the mere charge density of the bound (hybridized) DNA molecules modulate the source-drain current. The sensing mechanisms and the detection limits of the devices are described in some detail. Both techniques allow for the monitoring of surface hybridization reactions, and offer the capacity to quantitatively discriminate between targets with different degrees of mismatched sequences.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Sensor Networks and Data Communications
Issue numbers1
StatePublished - 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: It is our great pleasure to acknowledge the collaboration and contribution of many colleagues to this work. In particular, we are grateful to Drs. Z. Bao, R. Corradini, R. Förch, D. Kambhampati, J.J. Kim, T. Liebermann, P.E. Nielsen, H. Park, M. Roberts, D. Yao, and F. Yu.


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