Interaction of DNA bases with silver nanoparticles: assembly quantified through SPRS and SERS.J Colloid Interface Sci. 2008 May 15; 321(2):288-93.JC
Colloidal silver nanoparticles were prepared by reducing silver nitrate with sodium borohydride. The synthesized silver particles show an intense surface plasmon band in the visible region. The work reported here describes the interaction between nanoscale silver particles and various DNA bases (adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine), which are used as molecular linkers because of their biological significance. In colloidal solutions, the color of silver nanoparticles may range from red to purple to orange to blue, depending on the degree of aggregation as well as the orientation of the individual particles within the aggregates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and absorption spectroscopy were used to characterize the assemblies. DNA base-induced differential silver nanoparticle aggregation was quantified from the peak separation (relates to color) of surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy (SPRS) and the signal intensity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), which rationalize the extent of silver-nucleobase interactions.