Electrical characterization of DNA molecules in solution using impedance measurements

  • Yi-Shao L
  • Banada P
  • Bhattacharya S
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Abstract

We report on impedance measurements of fluids to examine the impact of the length and concentration of free-floating double-stranded DNA molecules. The impedance versus frequency characteristics were fitted to an equivalent circuit model including solution dielectric capacitance and conductance. The extraction of these parameters can be used to detect the presence of DNA molecules in the nanomolar range for a 400 bp long molecule. Our results show that the extracted dielectric capacitance and conductance increase with molecule length and concentration owing to a corresponding increase in number of molecule dipoles and counterions in solution. (15 References).

Author-supplied keywords

  • Bioelectricity [A8728]
  • Biophysical instrumentation and techniques [A8780]
  • DNA
  • DNA molecules
  • Molecular biophysics [A8715]
  • bioelectric phenomena
  • biological techniques
  • dielectric capacitance
  • electrical characterization
  • equivalent circuit model
  • free-floating double-stranded molecules
  • frequency characteristics
  • impedance measurements
  • molecular biophysics
  • solution conductance

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Authors

  • Liu Yi-Shao

  • P P Banada

  • S Bhattacharya

  • A K Bhunia

  • R Bashir

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