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Rapid, multistep on-chip DNA hybridisation in continuous flow on magnetic particles

Vojtisek, Martin; Vojtíšek, Martin; Iles, Alexander; Pamme, Nicole


Martin Vojtisek

Martin Vojtíšek

Alexander Iles

Nicole Pamme


DNA hybridisation is an important tool for bioanalytical research and clinical diagnostics; conventional methods, however, require long incubation times and numerous washing steps, rendering the procedure time consuming and labour intensive. In this paper, we report on a rapid method for DNA hybridisation and isolation within a microfluidic device, where all reaction and washing steps are performed in continuous flow in an automated fashion within less than two minutes. Magnetic particles were used as a solid support and manipulated through laminar flow streams containing reagents and buffers by means of an external magnet. Thus, hybridisation, washing, intercalation, fluorescence detection and isolation were performed in continuous flow on the surface of the particles. Initially, the sensitivity of the system was investigated for a one-step DNA hybridisation of Alexa Fluor 555 labelled target DNA to a capture probe immobilised on the particle surface. Hybridisation and washing steps were performed in half a minute and target DNA was readily detected down to 20 nmol L-1. Then a two-step assay, label-free DNA hybridisation followed by intercalation with PicoGreen was performed. All reaction and washing steps were carried out in continuous flow with a total assay time of about 1 min. This is a significant reduction in procedural time compared to conventional methods and opens the door for developing fully automated continuous flow integrated DNA analysis platforms. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Vojtíšek, M., Iles, A., & Pamme, N. (2010). Rapid, multistep on-chip DNA hybridisation in continuous flow on magnetic particles. Biosensors & bioelectronics, 25(9), 2172-2176.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 15, 2010
Online Publication Date Feb 4, 2010
Publication Date May 15, 2010
Print ISSN 0956-5663
Electronic ISSN 1873-4235
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 9
Pages 2172-2176
Keywords Biotechnology; Biophysics; Electrochemistry; Biomedical Engineering; General Medicine
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