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Colorimetric detection of potassium ions using aptamer-functionalized gold nanoparticles

Colorimetric detection of potassium ions using aptamer-functionalized gold nanoparticles

Analytica Chimica Acta 787: 189-192

Herein, a simple and novel colorimetric method for detection of potassium ions (K(+)) was developed. The colorimetric experiments revealed that upon the addition of K(+), the conformation of anti-K(+) aptamer in solution changed from random coil structure to compact rigid G-quadruplex one. This compact rigid G-quadruplex structure could not protect AuNPs against K(+)-induced aggregation, and thus the visible color change from wine-red to blue-purple could be observed by the naked eye. The linear range of the colorimetric aptasensor covered a large variation of K(+) concentration from 5 nM to 1 μM and the detection limit of 5 nM was obtained. Moreover, this assay was able to detect K(+) with high selectivity and had great potential applications.

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PMID: 23830438

DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2013.05.020

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