Nano Lett.; co-auth group Hernandez

Nano Lett. 2012 Mar 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Nanopore Detection of Single Molecule RNAP-DNA Transcription Complex.


Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology, Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering, EPFL , 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.


In the past decade, a number of single-molecule methods have been developed with the aim of investigating single protein and nucleic acid interactions. For the first time we use solid-state nanopore sensing to detect a single E. coli RNAP-DNA transcription complex and single E. coli RNAP enzyme. On the basis of their specific conductance translocation signature, we can discriminate and identify between those two types of molecular translocations and translocations of bare DNA. This opens up a new perspectives for investigating transcription processes at the single-molecule level.

PMID: 22372476 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]