S-N Jeong, S. Kim, H. Chung, S.Y. Yoo
Pusan National University,
Keywords: SERS, BIGH3, point mutation, avellino corneal dystrophy
Summary:Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is highly useful for sensitive analytical sensing; however, its practical availability for detecting a point mutation associated with disease in clinical sample was rarely proved. Herein, we present a toehold-mediated, DNA displacement-based, SERS sensor for detecting point mutations in the BIGH3 gene associated with the most common corneal dystrophies (CDs) in a clinical setting. To diagnose Avellino corneal dystrophy (ACD), selectivity was ensured by exploring optimal DNA displacement conditions such as length of toehold and hybridization temperature. A SERS-efficient Ag@Au bimetallic nanodendrite was employed to ensure sensitivity. Optimization for a clinical setting showed that discrimination was maximized when toehold length was 6-mer (T6), and hybridization temperature was 36 °C. On the basis of tests that used clinical homozygous and heterozygous CD samples, a single-base mismatched DNA sequence was identifiable within 30 min with a limit of detection (LOD) of 400 fM. From the results, we conclude that our toehold-mediated, DNA displacement-based, SERS sensor allows a rapid and sensitive detection of a BIGH3 gene point mutation associated with Avellino corneal dystrophy, indicating the practical ability of the method to diagnose genetic diseases caused by point mutations.