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Effects of Metal Ions on Conductivity and Structure of Single DNA Molecule in Different Environmental Conditions

Ruixin Dong*, Xunling Yan, Ke Li, Ge Ban, Minghong Wang, Shouxin Cui and Bing Yang

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School of Physics Science and Information Technology, Liaocheng University, 252059, Liaocheng Shandong, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1431-1436  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9657-3

Published: 4 June 2010


We design a novel nano-gap electrode to measure the current of DNA molecule, by which the current–voltage characteristics of individual native DNA, Ag-DNA and Ni-DNA molecules are obtained, respectively. The results show that the voltage gap of Ag- and Ni-DNA is higher than that of native DNA, and the conductance is lower than native DNA in neutral environment. The structure transition from B- to Z-DNA is observed in the presence of high concentrations of nickel ions and Ag-DNA appears chaos state by STM image and U-V spectra characterization. But in alkaline environment, the conductance of Ni-DNA rises and the voltage gap decreases with the increasing of nickel ion concentration denotes that the conductive ability of Ni-DNA is higher than that of native DNA.

DNA; Metal ions; Nano-gap electrode; Conductivity; Structure