Seminar tour: Seong Wook Yang to present 6 invited lectures in Singapore and Korea – University of Copenhagen

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16 October 2012

Seminar tour: Seong Wook Yang to present 6 invited lectures in Singapore and Korea

Between November 23rd and December 15th, Associate Professor Seong Wook Yang will present 6 invited lectures across Singapore and Korea, focussing on his research into the development of a new miRNA detection method.


November 23rd: 

Temasek Life Science Laboratory. Invited by Associate Professor Fred Berger 

December 10th-15th: 

YonseiUniversity(Seoul). Invited by Professor Woo Taek Kim 
Sung Kyun Kwan University (Suwon City). Invited by Dean, Professor Woo Sung Lee
Jeju National University (Jeju Island). Invited by SeouLin Bioscience
Pusan National University (Pusan City). Invited by Assistant professor Jae-Hoon Lee
SogangUniversity (Seoul). Invited by Assistant professor Byeong-Ha Lee


Rapid Detection of MicroRNA by a Silver Nanocluster DNA Probe

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are regulatory small RNAs that have important roles in numerous developmental, metabolic, and disease processes of plants and animals. The individual levels of miRNAs can be useful biomarkers for cellular events or disease diagnosis. Thus, innovative new tools for rapid, specific, and sensitive detection of miRNAs are an important field of research. Using the fluorescence properties of DNA-nanosilver clusters (DNA/AgNC), we have designed a DNA/AgNC probe that can detect the presence of target miRNA. Here, we show that the red fluorescence of the DNA/AgNC probe is diminished upon the presence of target miRNA without pre- or postmodification, addition of extra enhancer molecules, and labeling. The DNA/AgNC probe emission was lowest when the complementary miRNA target was present and was significantly higher for four other control miRNA sequences. Also, when adding whole plant endogenous RNA to the DNA/AgNC probe, the emission was significantly higher for the mutant where miRNA was deficient. On the basis of these findings, we suggest that these DNA/AgNC probes could be developed into a new, simple, inexpensive, and instant technique for miRNAs detection.