We propose a novel method to prepare a DNA-protein conjugate using histidine-tag (His-tag) chemistry. Oligo-DNA was modified with nitrilotriacetate (NTA), which has high affinity to a His-tag on recombinant protein via the complexation of Ni2+. Investigations using a microplate which displayed a complementary DNA-strand revealed that a NTA-modified DNA-protein conjugate was formed and immobilized in the presence of Ni2+ on the microplate. We then adopted alkaline phosphatase (AP) as a model protein, and application of the DNA-AP conjugate was demonstrated in a thrombin aptamer-based detection system with a detection limit of approximately 10 nM.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology