Author(s): Yeh CH, Huang HH, Chang TC, Lin HP, Lin YC
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Abstract This paper presents a novel immunoassay that uses an electro-microchip to detect the immuno-reaction signal, gold nanoparticles (ANPs) as a label of antigen or antibody and as a catalyst for silver precipitation, and the silver enhancement reaction to magnify the detection signal. This study is based on the direct immunoassay (two-layer format) and the sandwich immunoassay (three-layer format). The ANPs were introduced into the electro-microchip by the specific binding of the antibodies-ANPs conjugates and then were coupled with silver enhancement to produce black spots of silver metal. The silver precipitation constructs a "bridge" between two electrodes of the electro-microchip allowing electrons to pass. The variation of impedance can be easily measured with a commercial LCR meter. Various gap sizes (20, 50, 100, and 200 microm) of the electrodes of electro-microchips were designed for the sensitivity study. The experimental data show that a chip with a 20microm gap has the highest sensitivity. There was a significant difference in impedance between the experiment sample and the negative control after 10 min of reaction time. The proposed method requires less time and fewer steps than the conventional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). In addition, it shows a high detection sensitivity (10 microg/mL of 1st antibody (IgG) immobilized on slides and 1 ng/mL of antigen (protein A)). There is a clear distinction between the signal intensity and the logarithm of the sample concentration. The proposed new immunoassay method has potential applications in proteomics research and clinical diagnosis.
This article was published in Biosens Bioelectron
and referenced in Journal of Bioengineering and Bioelectronics