Understanding of the interactions of silver ions (Ag+) with polynucleotides is important not only to detect Ag+ over a wide range of concentrations in a simple, robust, and high-throughput manner but also to investigate the intermolecular interactions of hydrogen and coordinate interactions that are generated due to the interplay of Ag+, hydrogen ions (H+), and polynucleotides since it is critical to prevent adverse environmental effects that may cause DNA damage and develop strategies to treat this damage. Here, we demonstrate a novel approach to simultaneously detect Ag+ satisfying the above requirements and examine the combined intermolecular interactions of Ag+-polycytosine and H+-polycytosine DNA complexes using dielectrophoretic tweezers-based force spectroscopy. For this investigation, we detected Ag+ over a range of concentrations (1 nM to 100 μM) by quantifying the rupture force of the combined interactions and examined the interplay between the three factors (Ag+, H+, and polycytosine) using the same assay for the detection of Ag+. Our study provides a new avenue not only for the detection of heavy metal ions but also for the investigation of heavy metal ions.polynucleotide DNA complexes using the same assay.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry