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Wednesday, 10 July, 2013

Tuning DNA Binding Kinetics in an Optical Trap by Plasmonic Nanoparticle Heating

L. Osinkina, S. Carretero-Palacios, J. Stehr, A. Lutich, F. J├Ąckel, and J. Feldmann -
Nano Lett., Vol. 13 (7), pp. 3140-3144 (2013)

We report on the tuning of specific binding of DNA attached to gold nanoparticles at the individual particle pair (dimer) level in an optical trap by means of plasmonic heating. DNA hybridization events are detected optically by the change in the plasmon resonance frequency due to plasmonic coupling of the nanoparticles. We find that at larger trapping powers (i.e., larger temperatures and stiffer traps) the hybridization rates decrease by more than an order of magnitude. This result is explained by higher temperatures preventing the formation of dimers with lower binding energies. Our results demonstrate that plasmonic heating can be used to fine tune the kinetics of biomolecular binding events.

 

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