State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die & Mould Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hubei Key Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry & Materia Medica, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, National Engineering Research Center for Nanomedicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]
Telomerase and microRNAs (miRNAs) as important biomarkers are closely related to cancers. Simultaneous detection of telomerase activity and miRNAs would be beneficial to improve the specificity and reliability. Here, we establish a telomerase and miRNA-21 (miR-21) simultaneous sensing platform with graphene oxide-based fluorescent aptasensors (GOFA) including graphene oxide (GO), template strand (TS) primer and fluorophore-labeled telomerase/miR-21 oligonucleotides. Owing to π-π stacking interaction, TS primer and telomerase/miR-21 probes would be loaded onto GO, resulting in fluorescence quenching. However, in the presence of the telomerase or miR-21, the double-stranded oligonucleotides would be away from the GO surface attribute to the hybridization between the extended TS primers and telomerase probe as well as miR-21 and miR-21 probe, leading to obvious fluorescence recovery. We found that GOFA could simultaneously detect telomerase activity and miR-21 with low background signal, high sensitivity and simplified operation. Moreover, GOFA could be used for accurately detecting telomerase activity and miRNA in living cells and cancer patient tissue sample. This sensing platform shows great potential in improving the accuracy in clinical diagnosis of cancer.