Nucleobase modification as redox DNA labelling for electrochemical detection

Published: CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS 40, 5802-5814 Authors: Hocek, M., Fojta, M. Year: 2011


Basic aspects of DNA electrochemistry with a strong focus on the use of modified nucleobases as redox probes for electrochemical bioanalysis are reviewed. Intrinsic electrochemical properties of nucleobases in combination with artificial redox-active nucleobase modifications are frequently applied in this field. Synthetic approaches (both chemical and enzymatic) to base-modified nucleic acids are briefly summarized and their applications in redox labelling are discussed. Finally, analytical applications including DNA hybridization, primer extension, PCR, SNP typing, DNA damage and DNA-protein interaction analysis are presented (critical review, 91 references).