Royal Society Open Science
DNA sensing always has an open meadow of curiosity for biotechnologists and other researchers. Recently, in this field, we have introduced an emerging class of molecules containing azo and guanidine functionalities. In this study, we have synthesized three new compounds (UA1, UA6 and UA7) for potential application in DNA sensing in alcoholic medium. The synthesized materials were characterized by elemental analysis, FTIR, UV-visible, 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectroscopies. Their DNA sensing potential were investigated by UV-visible spectroscopy. The insight of interaction with DNA was further investigated by electrochemical (cyclic voltammetry) and hydrodynamic (viscosity) studies. The results showed that compounds have moderate DNA binding properties, with the binding constants range being 7.2 x 103, 2.4 x 103 and 0.2 x 103 M-1, for UA1, UA6 and UA7, respectively. Upon binding with DNA, there was a change in colour (a blue shift in the lambda(max) value) which was observable with a naked eye. These results indicated the potential of synthesized compounds as DNA sensors with detection limit 1.8, 5.8 and 4.0 ng μl-1 for UA1, UA6 and UA7, respectively.
Original Publication Citation
Altaf, A. A., Hashmat, U., Yousaf, M., Lal, B., Ullah, S., Holder, A. A., & Badshah, A. (2016). Synthesis and characterization of azo-guanidine based alcoholic media naked eye DNA sensor. Royal Society Open Science, 3(11), 1-12. doi: 10.1098/rsos.160351
Altaf, Ataf A.; Hashmat, Uzma; Yousaf, Muhammad; Lal, Bhajan; Ullah, Shafiq; Holder, Alvin A.; and Badshah, Amin, "Synthesis and Characterization of Azo-Guanidine Based Alcoholic Media Naked Eye DNA Sensor" (2016). Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty Publications. 51.