Combinatorial energy transfer between an end-capped conjugated polyelectrolyte and chromophore-labeled PNA for strand-specific DNA detection

Shudipto Konika Dishari, Kan Yi Pu, Bin Liu

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We report a macromolecular end-capping approach to improve the detection sensitivity of cationic conjugated polymer (CCP) based DNA detection. A phenylethynyl anthracene (PEA) end-capped cationic polyfluorene (PF) derivative (P1) is synthesized via Suzuki coupling. Due to efficient fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from the polymer backbone to the endcapper PEA units, the polymer (P1) fluorescence is dominated by the emission from PEA even in dilute aqueous solution. P1 emission has a better spectral overlap with fluorescein (F1) absorption compared to that for uncapped PF (P2). In addition, the intra and intermolecular energy transfer for P1 is more efficient in the presence of DNA due to complexation-induced polymer aggregation. These impart a combinatorial FRET between P1 and an Fl-labeled probe which is more efficient than that between P2 and the same probe. P1 thus offers a better DNA detection sensitivity relative to P2 and opens up new opportunities to improve the performance of CCP based biosensors involving FRET.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1645-1650
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2009


  • Conjugated polymers
  • Fluorescence
  • Peptides
  • Sensors
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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