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Novel pH-activatable fluorescent probes with various pK(a) values have been developed utilizing 4-nitro-benzo[1,2,5]oxadiazole derivatives (NBD) as fluorophores and piperazine moieties as proton receptors. Under acidic conditions, probe FoPz displayed significant fluorescent enhancement of about 30 fold with a pK(a) value of 5.70 and it responds rapidly and(More)
We present here a novel and efficient method for 5mC detection using a DNA strand exchange reaction (SER) strategy. This enzyme-free method needs no pre-treatment of target DNAs and can be adapted to most of the target duplexes under physiological conditions. The high sequence selectivity of this method can distinguish 5mC from normal cytosine in an(More)
A label-free and biocompatible pH sensor system based on the aggregation-caused quenching (ACQ) probe has been reported herein. The DNA i-motif, a kind of pH-triggered structure, affects the aggregation of PTCDI derivatives by structural switch that would provide significant fluorescence signals responding to the different pH values. Our method not only(More)
AAN effective sensor: The two-photon turn-on fluorescent probe NHU was synthesized to optically detect tyrosinase activity in vitro and in melanoma cells. NHU is composed of a 4-aminophenol moiety and a naphthylamine unit, both of which are connected through a urea linkage. Upon exposure to tyrosinase, the 4-aminophenol site is gradually oxidized to the(More)
Here, we first demonstrated that 5-MedCTP could be incorporated into the synthetic DNA template by the exonuclease deficient Klenow fragment with a much higher efficiency than dCTP and 5-hydroxymethyl-dCTP. Further, we first conducted a comparable study of primer extension reaction using templates containing deoxycytidine (dC) or 5-methyldeoxycytidine(More)
A conveniently amplified DNA AND logic gate platform was designed for the highly sensitive detection of low-abundance DNA fragment inputs based on strand displacement reaction and rolling circle amplification strategy. Compared with others, this system can detect miRNAs in biological samples. The success of this strategy demonstrates the potential of DNA(More)
DNA modification, a significant epigenetic event, largely affects genes' binding with the transcription factors and some other DNA binding proteins. Among DNA modifications, methylation, especially cytosine methylation is of great importance and attracts extensive studies as it leads to the silence of tumor-suppressor gene expression. In this work, a novel(More)
G-triplex has recently been identified as a new secondary structure in G-rich sequences. However, its functions and biological roles remain largely unknown. This study first developed two kinds of Amplex Red oxidases, which were based on relatively new G-triplex structure and a common G-quadruplex one. A collection of DNA binding assays including circular(More)