We report the first quantitative analysis of the oligonucleotide binding thermodynamics for DNA functionalized gold nanoparticle probes and compare our findings to molecular fluorophore probes on a sequence-for-sequence basis. With proper design, nanoparticle probes show significantly increased binding over molecular fluorophore probes under identical conditions. This is significant because probe binding strength directly influences detection sensitivity limits.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry