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Terbium complex to quantum dot Förster resonance energy transfer for homogeneous and multiplexed microRNA assay (Conference Presentation)
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Paper Abstract

The importance of microRNA (miRNA) dysregulation in the development and progression of diseases has made these short-length nucleic acids to next generation biomarkers. Tb-to-QD Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) has several unique advantages over organic dye-based FRET systems for biomolecular sensing. Large Förster distances (6-11 nm) offer much high FRET efficiencies, exceptionally long Tb excited-state lifetimes (ms) enable time-gated detection void of autofluorecence background, and the narrow, symmetric, and tunable emission bands of QDs provide unrivaled potential for multiplexing. Here we report a rapid and homogeneous method to sensitively detect three different miRNAs (hsa-miR-20a-5p, hsa-miR-20b-5p, and hsa-miR-21-5p) from a single 150 µL sample based on multiplexed FRET between a luminescent Lumi4-Tb complex and three different QDs. The biosensing approach exploits both base pairing and stacking. Careful design and optimization of sequence lengths and orientations of the QD and Tb-DNA conjugates was performed to provide maximum selectivity and sensitivity for all three miRNA biomarkers. The assays work at room temperature and were designed for their application on a KRYPTOR diagnostic plate reader system.Only 30 min of sample incubation and 7.5 s of measurement are required to obtain ca. 1 nM (subpicomol) detection limits. We also demonstrate precise multiplexed measurements of these miRNAs at different and varying concentrations and the feasibility of adapting the technology to point-of-care testing (POCT) in buffer containing 10% serum. Our assay does not only demonstrate an important milestone for the integration of quantum dots to multiplexed clinical diagnostics but also a unique rapid miRNA detection technology that is complimentary to the rather complicated high-throughput and high-sensitivity approaches that are established today.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9722, Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications XI, 972218 (28 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2209674
Show Author Affiliations
Xue Qiu, Univ. Paris-Sud 11 (France)
Niko Hildebrandt, Univ. Paris-Sud 11 (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9722:
Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications XI
Wolfgang J. Parak; Marek Osinski; Xing-Jie Liang, Editor(s)

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