Development of a lipase-based optical assay for detection of DNA.

Suttiporn Pinijsuwan, Stepan Shipovskov, Werasak Surareungchai, Elena Ferapontova, Kurt Vesterager Gothelf

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A lipase-based assay for detection of specific DNA sequences has been developed. Lipase from Candida antarctica was conjugated to DNA and captured on magnetic beads in a sandwich assay, in which the binding was dependent on the presence of a specific target DNA. For amplification and to generate a detectable readout the captured lipase was applied to an optical assay that takes advantage of the enzymatic activity of lipase. The assay applies p-nitrophenol octanoate (NPO) as the substrate and in the presence of lipase the ester is hydrolyzed to p-nitrophenolate which has a strong absorbance at 405 nm. The method provides detection a detection limit of 200 fmol target DNA and it was able to distinguish single base mismatches from the fully complementary target.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Pages (from-to)6352-6356
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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