Hybridization of DNA by sequential immobilization of oligonucleotides at the air-water interface

Murali Sastry, Vidya Ramakrishnan, Mrunalini Pattarkine, Anand Gole, K. N. Ganesh

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The hybridization of DNA by sequential electrostatic and hydrogen-bonding immobilization of single-stranded complementary oligonucleotides at the air-water interface with cationic Langmuir monolayers is demonstrated. The complexation of the single-stranded DNA molecules with octadecylamine (ODA) Langmuir monolayers was followed in time by monitoring the pressure-area isotherms. A large (and slow) expansion of the ODA monolayer was observed during each stage of complexation in the following sequence: primary single-stranded DNA followed by complementary single-stranded DNA followed by the intercalator, ethidium bromide. Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the ODA-DNA complex were formed on different substrates and characterized using quartz-crystal microgravimetry (QCM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), polarized-UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, as well as thermal melting studies. These measurements clearly showed that hybridization of the complementary single-stranded DNA molecules had occurred at the air-water interface, leading to the characteristic double-helical structure. Furthermore, it was observed that the DNA molecules in the LB films were oriented parallel to the substrate withdrawal direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9142-9146
Number of pages5
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes

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