Increased intensities of YOYO-1-labeled DNA oligomers near silver particles.

Photochemistry and photobiology

PubMedID: 12870845

Lakowicz JR, Malicka J, Gryczynski I. Increased intensities of YOYO-1-labeled DNA oligomers near silver particles. Photochem Photobiol. 2003;77(6):604-7.
DNA detection is usually performed using fluorescence probes. Using a DNA oligomer stained with the widely used dye 1,1'-[1,3-propanediylbis[(dimethylimino)-3,1-propanediyl]]bis[4-[(3-methyl-2(3H)-benzoxazolylidene)methyl]]-quinolinum tetraiodide (YOYO-1), we show that a substrate containing silver particles can lead to a greater than 10-fold increase in the fluorescence intensity. Proximity to silver particles also increases the photostability of YOYO-1-DNA. These results suggest that substrates or gels containing silver particles may be used for increased sensitivity in DNA detection.