Extraction of DNA by magnetic ionic liquids: Tunable solvents for rapid and selective DNA analysis

Kevin D. Clark, Omprakash Nacham, Honglian Yu, Tianhao Li, Melissa M. Yamsek, Donald R. Ronning, Jared L. Anderson

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DNA extraction represents a significant bottleneck in nucleic acid analysis. In this study, hydrophobic magnetic ionic liquids (MILs) were synthesized and employed as solvents for the rapid and efficient extraction of DNA from aqueous solution. The DNA-enriched microdroplets were manipulated by application of a magnetic field. The three MILs examined in this study exhibited unique DNA extraction capabilities when applied toward a variety of DNA samples and matrices. High extraction efficiencies were obtained for smaller single-stranded and double-stranded DNA using the benzyltrioctylammonium bromotrichloroferrate(III) ([(C8)3BnN+][FeCl3Br-]) MIL, while the dicationic 1,12-di(3-hexadecylbenzimidazolium)dodecane bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide bromotrichloroferrate(III) ([(C16BnIM)2C122+][NTf2-, FeCl3Br-]) MIL produced higher extraction efficiencies for larger DNA molecules. The MIL-based method was also employed for the extraction of DNA from a complex matrix containing albumin, revealing a competitive extraction behavior for the trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium tetrachloroferrate(III) ([P6,6,6,14+][FeCl4-]) MIL in contrast to the [(C8)3BnN+][FeCl3Br-] MIL, which resulted in significantly less coextraction of albumin. The MIL-DNA method was employed for the extraction of plasmid DNA from bacterial cell lysate. DNA of sufficient quality and quantity for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification was recovered from the MIL extraction phase, demonstrating the feasibility of MIL-based DNA sample preparation prior to downstream analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1552-1559
Number of pages8
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 3 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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