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DNA-Templated Aptamer Probe for Identification of Target Proteins

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posted on 07.03.2017, 00:00 by Wenjing Bi, Xue Bai, Fan Gao, Congcong Lu, Ye Wang, Guijin Zhai, Shanshan Tian, Enguo Fan, Yukui Zhang, Kai Zhang
Using aptamers as molecular probes for biomarker discovery has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years. However, it is still a big challenge to accurately identify those protein markers that are targeted by aptamers under physiological conditions due to weak and noncovalent aptamer–protein interactions. Herein, we developed an aptamer based dual-probe using DNA-templated chemistry and photo-cross-linking technique for the identification of target proteins that are recognized by aptamers. In this system, the aptamer was modified by a single strand DNA as binding probe (BP), and another complementary DNA with a photoactive group and reporter group was modified as capture probe (CP). BP was first added to recruit the binding protein via aptamer recognition, and subsequently CP was added to let the cross-linker close to the target via DNA self-assembly, and then a covalent bond between CP and its binding protein was achieved via photo-cross-linking reaction. The captured protein can be detected or affinity enrichment using the tag, finally identified by MS. By use of lysozyme as a model substrate, we demonstrated that this multiple functionalized probe can be utilized for a successful labeling and enrichment of target protein even under a complicated and real environment. Thus, a novel method to precisely identify the aptamer-targeted proteins has been developed and it has a potential application for discovery of aptamer-based biomarkers.