Super-resolution fingerprinting detects chemical reactions and idiosyncrasies of single DNA pegboards

Nano Lett. 2013 Feb 13;13(2):728-33. doi: 10.1021/nl304415b. Epub 2013 Jan 31.


We employ the single-particle fluorescence nanoscopy technique points accumulation for imaging in nanoscale topography (PAINT) using site-specific DNA probes to acquire two-dimensional density maps of specific features patterned on nanoscale DNA origami pegboards. We show that PAINT has a localization accuracy of ~10 nm that is sufficient to reliably distinguish dense (>10(4) features μm(-2)) sub-100 nm patterns of oligonucleotide features. We employ two-color PAINT to follow enzyme-catalyzed modification of features on individual origami and to show that single nanopegboards exhibit stable, spatially heterogeneous probe-binding patterns, or "fingerprints." Finally, we present experimental and modeling evidence suggesting that these fingerprints may arise from feature spacing variations that locally modulate the probe binding kinetics. Our study highlights the power of fluorescence nanoscopy to perform quality control on individual soft nanodevices that interact with and position reagents in solution.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • DNA / chemistry*
  • DNA Fingerprinting*
  • DNA Probes / chemistry*
  • Fluorescence
  • Nanotechnology / methods*


  • DNA Probes
  • DNA