Effect of buffer composition on PNA-RNA hybridization studied in the microfluidic microarray chip

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Author(s)

  • Wilson Chim
  • Abootaleb Sedighi
  • Christopher L. Brown
  • Ralph Pantophlet
  • Paul C.H. Li

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-247
Journal / PublicationCanadian Journal of Chemistry
Volume96
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Herein, we report that peptide nucleic acid sequences (PNAs) have been used as the probe species for detection of RNA and that a microfluidic microarray (MMA) chip is used as the platform for detection of hybridizations between immobilized PNA probes and RNA targets. The RNA targets used are derived from influenza A sequences. This paper discusses the optimization of two probe technologies used for RNA detection and investigates how the composition of the probe buffer and the content of the hybridization solution can influence the overall results. Our data show that the PNA probe is a better choice than the DNA probe when there is low salt in the probe buffer composition. Furthermore, we show that the absence of salt (NaCl) in the hybridization buffer does not hinder the detection of RNA sequences. The results provide evidence that PNA probes are superior to DNA probes in term of sensitivity and adaptability, as PNA immobilization and PNA-RNA hybridization are less affected by salt content in the reaction buffers unlike DNA probes.

Research Area(s)

  • Formamide, Hybridization buffer, Influenza viral RNA, Microfluidic microarray (MMA), Peptide nucleic acid (PNA), Probe buffer, Salt

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Citation Format(s)

Effect of buffer composition on PNA-RNA hybridization studied in the microfluidic microarray chip. / Chim, Wilson; Sedighi, Abootaleb; Brown, Christopher L.; Pantophlet, Ralph; Li, Paul C.H.

In: Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 96, No. 2, 2018, p. 241-247.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review