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Talanta ; 235: 122814, 2021 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34517670


Simple and sensitive detection of telomerase activity is of vital importance for both early diagnosis and therapy of malignant tumors. Inspired by DNA-biobarcode amplification reported by Chad A. Mirkin, we developed a facile DNA-biobarcode-like SERS-based copper-mediated signal amplification strategy for sensitive detection of telomerase activity. In this strategy, a duplex DNA constructed by hybridization of a copper oxide nanoparticle (CuO NP)-labeled reporting sequence (RS) with the telomerase primer sequence (TS) is ingeniously designed, and anchored on the magnetic bead (MB) to build the CuO NPs-encoded magnetic bead (MB-CuO NPs) detection probe. Upon selective sensing of telomerase, telomerase elongation reaction and structure change of TS products make the CuO NP-RS displace and separate from MB. The separated CuO NPs are dissolved into a mass of Cu2+, which prompt monodisperse dopamine-functionalized AgNPs (D-AgNPs) signal probe into aggregation, resulting in color changes and significantly enhancing of SERS signal. The SERS signal increases with the increase of Cu2+, which is directly proportional to the telomerase. Benefiting from the transformation of CuO NP to Cu2+ with a high amplification effect, this strategy could realize the telomerase activity measurement down to 3 HeLa cells and a dynamic range of 10-10000 cells. It shows a significant improvement of sensitivity without need for other enzymes and elaborate design, which escapes from the complicated manipulations and design in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA amplification techniques. Moreover, with this strategy, telomerase activities of different cell lines and telomerase inhibitors screening were successfully performed. Significantly, it can also be utilized for visual detection of telomerase, which validates the potential on-site application and its application as point-of-care testing (POCT) for efficient monitoring. Given the high-performance for telomerase analysis, the strategy has a promising application in biological detection and clinical diagnosis, as well as point-of-care tests.

Técnicas Biossensoriais , Telomerase , Cobre , DNA , Células HeLa , Humanos , Técnicas de Amplificação de Ácido Nucleico , Telomerase/genética , Telomerase/metabolismo