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27 April 2016 Colorimetric monitoring of nanometer distance changes in DNA-templated plasmon rulers (Conference Presentation)
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The nanometer-scale sensitivity of plasmon coupling allows the translation of minute morphological changes in nanostructures into macroscopic optical signals. In particular, single nanostructure scattering spectroscopy provides a direct estimation of interparticle distances in gold nanoparticle (AuNP) dimers linked by a short DNA double-strand [M. P. Busson et al, Nano Lett. 11, 5060 (2011)]. We demonstrate here that this spectroscopic information can be inferred from simple widefield measurements on a calibrated color camera [L. Lermusiaux et al, ACS Nano 9, 978 (2015)]. This allows us to analyze the influence of electrostatic and steric interparticle interactions on the morphology of DNA-templated AuNP groupings. Furthermore, polarization-resolved measurements on a color CCD provide a parallel imaging of AuNP dimer orientations. We apply this spectroscopic characterization to identify dimers featuring two different conformations of the same DNA template. In practice, the biomolecular scaffold contains a hairpin-loop that opens after hybridization to a specific DNA sequence and increases the interparticle distance [L. Lermusiaux et al, ACS Nano 6, 10992 (2012)]. These results open exciting perspectives for the parallel sensing of single specific DNA strands using plasmon rulers. We discuss the limits of this approach in terms of the physicochemical stability and reactivity of these nanostructures and demonstrate the importance of engineering the AuNP surface chemistry, in particular using amphiphilic ligands [L. Lermusiaux and S. Bidault, Small (2015), in press].
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Laurent Lermusiaux and Sebastien Bidault "Colorimetric monitoring of nanometer distance changes in DNA-templated plasmon rulers (Conference Presentation)", Proc. SPIE 9722, Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications XI, 97220L (27 April 2016);

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