In the last decades. DNA has been considered far more than the system carrying the essential genetic instructions. Indeed, because of the remarkable properties of the base-pairing specificity and thermoreversibility of the interactions, DNA plays a central role in the design of innovative architectures at the nanoscale. Here, combining complementary DNA strands with a custom-made solution of silver nanoparticles, we realize plasmonic aggregates to exploit the sensitivity of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for the identification/detection of the distinctive features of DNA hybridization, both in solution and on dried samples. Moreover. SERS allows monitoring the DNA aggregation process by following the temperature variation of a specific spectroscopic marker associated with the Watson-Crick hydrogen bond formation. This temperature-dependent behavior enables us to precisely reconstruct the melting profile of the selected DNA sequences by spectroscopic measurements only. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Exploiting SERS sensitivity to monitor DNA aggregation properties / Caprara, Debora; Ripanti, Francesca; Capocefalo, Angela; Ceccarini, Marina; Petrillo, Caterina; Postorino, Paolo. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULES. - ISSN 0141-8130. - 170:(2021), pp. 88-93. [10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2020.12.039]