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Detection of Toxoplasma gondii with a DNA molecular beacon probe
Author(s): Cun Zhou; Shichao Xu; Juan Yang; Jimei Zhang; Zhao Dai; Guo Zheng; Bo Sun; Shuqing Sun; Teilin Feng; Yan Zi; Chu Liang; Hao Luo
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Paper Abstract

Toxoplasma gondii is a kind of microscopic parasite that may infect humans, and there are increasing concerns on the early detection of latent Toxoplasma gondii infection in recent years. This research highlights a new type of molecular beacon (MB) fluorescent probe for Toxoplasma DNA testing. We combined high-efficiency fluorescent inorganic core-shell quantum dots-CdTe/ZnS (as fluorescent energy donor) and BHQ-2 (energy acceptor) to the single-strand DNA of Toxoplasma gondii, and a molecular beacon sensing system based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) was achieved. Core-shell quantum dots CdTe/ZnS was firstly prepared in aqueous solution, and the influencing factor of its fluorescent properties, including CdTe/Na2S/Zn(CH3COO)2 (v/v), dependence of reaction time, temperature, and pH, is investigated systematically. The synthesized quantum dots and molecular beacon were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-vis), fluorescent spectrophotometer (FS), respectively. The TEM results showed that CdTe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots is ~11nm in size, and the quantum dots is water-soluble well. The sensing ability of target DNA of assembled MB was investigated, and results showed that the target Toxoplasma gonddi DNA can be successfully detected by measuring the change of fluorescence intensity. The results showed that the current sensing probe will be a useful and convenient tool in Toxoplasma gondii early detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7381, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2009: Material and Device Technology for Sensors, 73812H (24 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.835543
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Cun Zhou, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Shichao Xu, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Juan Yang, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Jimei Zhang, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Zhao Dai, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Guo Zheng, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Bo Sun, Nankai Univ. (China)
Shuqing Sun, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Teilin Feng, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Yan Zi, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Chu Liang, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)
Hao Luo, Tianjin Polytechnic Univ. (China)


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International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2009: Material and Device Technology for Sensors

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