RNA Quantification Using Noble Metal Nanoprobes: Simultaneous Identification of Several Different mRNA Targets Using Color Multiplexing and Application to Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Diagnostics

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Abstract

Nanotechnology provides new tools for gene expression analysis that allow for sensitive and specific characterization of prognostic signatures related to cancer. Cancer is a complex disease where multiple gene loci contribute to the phenotype. The ability to simultaneously monitor differential expression originating from each locus allows for a more accurate indication into the degree of cancerous activity than either locus alone. Metal nanoparticles have been widely used as labels for in vitro identification and quantification of target sequences. Here we describe the synthesis of nanoparticles with different noble metal compositions in an alloy format that are then functionalized with thiol-modified ssDNA (nanoprobes). We also show how such nanoprobes are used in a non-cross-linking colorimetric method for the direct detection and quantification of specific mRNA targets, without the need for enzymatic amplification or reverse-transcription steps. The different metals in the alloy provide for distinct absorption spectra due to their characteristic plasmon resonance peaks. The color multiplexing allows for simultaneous identification of different mRNA targets involved in cancer development. A comparison of the absorption spectra of the nanoprobe mixtures taken before and after induced aggregation of metal nanoparticles allows to both identify and quantify each mRNA target. We describe the use of gold and gold–silver alloy nanoprobes for the development of the non-cross-linking method to detect a specific BCR-ABL fusion gene (e.g., e1a2 and e14a2) mRNA target associated with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) using 10 ng/μL of unamplified total human RNA. Additionally, we demonstrate the use of this approach for the direct diagnostics of CML. This simple methodology takes less than 50 min to complete after total RNA extraction with comparable specificity and sensitivity to the more commonly used methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanoparticles in Biology and Medicine
EditorsE. Ferrari, M. Soloviev
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherHumana Press Inc
Pages251-268
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-0716-0319-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-0716-0318-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Volume2118
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Colorimetric method
  • Gene expression
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Gold–silver alloy nanoparticles
  • mRNA detection
  • Nanoprobes

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