Determination of DNA based on fluorescence quenching of terbium doped carbon dots.

Author(s) Liu, L.; Zhang, C.; Yu, Y.; Chen, F.
Journal Mikrochim Acta
Date Published 2018 Oct 23

This work describes the preparation of carbon dots doped with terbium(III) (Tb-CDs) via a hydrothermal method, starting from terbium ion and ethylenediamine. The size, composition and spectral properties of the Tb-CDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, infrared spectra, and fluorescence spectra. The results show that doping of the CDs with Tb(III) reduces the particle size and results in more uniform particles, while fluorescence (at excitation/emission peaks of 380/475 nm) is strongly enhanced. The interaction between Tb-CDs and ct-DNA results in fluorescence quenching of Tb-CDs. The findings were exploited to design a quenchometric method for the determination of ct-DNA. The signal drops linearly in the 80 ng·mL to 50 μg·mL ct-DNA concentration range, and the detection limit is 53 ng·mL. The method was applied to the determination of ct-DNA in spiked samples and gave satisfactory results. The possible fluorescence quenching mechanism (which is mainly static) was investigated using the Stern-Volmer equation and thermodynamic equations. Graphical abstract A kind of carbon dots doped with terbium(III) (Tb-CDs) were prepared via a hydrothermal method, using terbium ion and ethylenediamine as precursor. Doping with Tb(III) reduced the particle size of CDs and results in uniform particle size and stronger fluorescence. The interaction between the Tb-CDs and dsDNA results in quenching of the fluorescence of Tb-CDs and can be applied to determination of dsDNA.

DOI 10.1007/s00604-018-3053-6
ISSN 1436-5073
Citation Mikrochim Acta. 2018;185(11):514.

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