Signal Enhancement of Silicon Nanowire Field-Effect Transistor Immunosensors by RNA Aptamer

Cao An Vu, Wen Pin Hu, Yuh Shyong Yang, Hardy Wai Hong Chan, Wen Yih Chen

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Silicon nanowire field-effect transistors (SiNW-FETs) have been demonstrated as a highly sensitive platform for label-free detection of a variety of biological and chemical entities. However, detecting signal from immunoassays by nano-FETs is severely hindered by the distribution of different charged groups of targeted entities, their binding orientation, and distances to the surface of the FET. Aptamers have been widely applied as a recognition element for plentiful biosensors because of small molecular sizes and moderate to high specific binding affinity with different types of molecules. In this study, we propose an effective approach to enhance the electrical responses of both direct (6×-histidine) and sandwich (amyloid β 1-42) immunoassays in SiNW-FETs with R18, a highly negative charged RNA aptamer against rabbit immunoglobulin G (IgG). Empirical results presented that the immunosensors targeted with R18 expressed a significantly stabilized and amplified signal compared to the ones without this aptamer. The research outcome provides applicability of the highly negative charged aptamer as a bioamplifier for immunoassays by FETs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14765-14771
Number of pages7
JournalACS Omega
Issue number12
StatePublished - 17 Sep 2019


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