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A DNA Nano-Tweezer for Intracellular Detection of HER2 mRNA by Confocal Microscopy

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DOI: 10.25236/bemes.2018.043


Haiying Que, Fei Mo, Tong Wang, Xiaoyu Yan, Hongmin Ma and Yurong Yan

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Yurong Yan


DNA nanostructure plays an important role in intracellular detection strategies for its good biocompatibility and nontoxicity. Herein, we design a DNA nano-tweezer with aptamer and fluorophores to detect HER2 mRNA in living breast carcinoma cells. The designed nano-tweezer is self-assembled with ten DNA strands. It has one head and two arms with a long hangover each. A HER2 aptamer in its head is for targeting tumor cell and two overhangs with fluorophores can hybridize with HER2 mRNA. Following, the as-prepared nano-tweezer can effectively enter cancer cells by specific cross-talking between aptamers and overexpressed cell-surface receptors. Finally, the HER2 mRNA fluorescence detection is achieved by a confocal microscope, and the fluorescence intensity indicates mRNA expression quantity. Thus, this strategy provides a useful platform for efficient detection of HER2 mRNA in living cells.


HER2 mRNA, Dna Nano-Tweezer, Breast Carcinoma