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Title: Label-free functional nucleic acid sensors for detecting target agents

A general methodology to design label-free fluorescent functional nucleic acid sensors using a vacant site approach and an abasic site approach is described. In one example, a method for designing label-free fluorescent functional nucleic acid sensors (e.g., those that include a DNAzyme, aptamer or aptazyme) that have a tunable dynamic range through the introduction of an abasic site (e.g., dSpacer) or a vacant site into the functional nucleic acids. Also provided is a general method for designing label-free fluorescent aptamer sensors based on the regulation of malachite green (MG) fluorescence. A general method for designing label-free fluorescent catalytic and molecular beacons (CAMBs) is also provided. The methods demonstrated here can be used to design many other label-free fluorescent sensors to detect a wide range of analytes. Sensors and methods of using the disclosed sensors are also provided.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1167209
Assignee:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL) CHO
Patent Number(s):
8,933,210
Application Number:
13/267,414
Contract Number:
FG02-08ER64568
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2011 Oct 06
Research Org:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

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