Accurate detection of on-state quantum dot and biomolecules in a microfluidic flow with single-molecule two-color coincidence detection

Zhang, Chun-yang; Yang, Kun
May 2010
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;May2010, Vol. 397 Issue 2, p703
Academic Journal
Due to their unique optical and electronic properties, quantum dots (QDs) have been widely used in a variety of biosensors for sensitive detection of biomarkers and small molecules. However, single QD exhibits dynamic fluctuation of fluorescence intensity (i.e., blinking) with the transition between on and off states, which adversely influences the development of QD-based optical biosensors. Therefore, the methods for efficient evaluation of on-state QD are especially important and highly desirable. In this paper, a novel and unique approach based on single-molecule two-color coincidence detection is developed to simply and accurately evaluate the on-state QDs in a microfluidic flow. Our results demonstrate that improved QDs in the on state are detected in a microfluidic flow in comparison with that in the Brownian motion state, thus paving the way to the development of single QD-based biosensors for sensitive detection of low-abundance biomolecules. This single-molecule two-color coincidence detection has been applied for the homegeneous detection of nucleic acids in a microfluidic flow with the detection sensitivity of 5.0 fM. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]


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