Biocapteurs et nano-assemblages d’acide nucléique  
Eric PEYRINSandrine PERRIER,   
Macrocyclic host-dye reporter for sensitive sandwich-type fluorescent aptamer sensor  
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Yang C, Spinelli N, Perrier S, Defrancq E, Peyrin E.
Anal Chem. 2015, 87, 3139-3143.
We describe herein a novel approach for the fluorescent detection of small molecules using a sandwich-type aptamer strategy based on a signaling macrocyclic host-dye system. One split adenosine aptamer fragment was 5'-conjugated to a β-cylodextrin (CD) molecule while the other nucleic acid fragment was labeled at the 3'-end by a dansyl molecule prone to be included into the macrocycle. The presence of the small target analyte governed the assembly of the two fragments, bringing the dye molecule and its specific receptor in close proximity and promoting the inclusion interaction. Upon the inclusion complex formation, the microenvironment of dansyl was modified in such a way that the fluorescent intensity increased. Concomitantly, this supplementary interaction at the aptamer extremities induced stabilizing effects on the ternary complex. We next proposed a bivalent signaling design where the two extremities of one split aptamer fragment were conjugated to the β-CD molecule while those of the other fragment were tagged by the dansyl dye. The dual reporting dye inclusion promoted an improvement of both the signal-to-background change and the assay sensitivity. Owing to the vast diversity of responsive host-macrocycle systems available, this aptasensor strategy has potential to be extended to the multiplexed analysis and to other kinds of transducers (such as electrochemical).