Interfacing Solid-State Nanopores with Gel Media to Slow DNA Translocations

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Title: Interfacing Solid-State Nanopores with Gel Media to Slow DNA Translocations
Authors: Waugh, Matthew
Date: 2015
Abstract: One of the most crucial steps towards nanopore-based nucleic acid analysis is extending the dwell time of DNA molecules within the sensing region of the nanopore. I address this issue by interfacing solid-state nanopores with gel media, which sterically hinders translocating DNA molecules, increasing dwell times. Specifically, my experimental results focus on two reptation regimes: when the DNA molecule is flexible on the length scale of the gel pore, and when the DNA molecule is inflexible on the length scale of the gel pore. The first regime is achieved through the use of agarose gel and 5 kbp dsDNA fragments, and produces a wide distribution of translocation times, spanning roughly three orders of magnitude. The second regime is achieved through the use of polyacrylamide gel and 100 bp dsDNA fragments, and displays a shift in translocation times by an order of magnitude while maintaining a tight distribution.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/32774
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-4183
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