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Michele Scaravilli, Giuseppe Castaldi, Andrea Cusano, Vincenzo Galdi
In this paper, we investigate the possibility to excite Bloch surface waves (BSWs) on the tip of single-mode optical fibers. Within this framework, after exploring an idealized, proof-of-principle grating-coupling-based scheme for on-tip excitation of BSWs, we focus on an alternative configuration that is more robust with respect to fabrication-related non-idealities. Subsequently, with a view towards label-free chemical and biological sensing, we present a specific design aimed at enhancing the sensitivity (in terms of wavelength shift) of the arising resonance with respect to changes in the refractive properties of the surrounding environment...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Ana L Hernández, Rafael Casquel, Miguel Holgado, Iñaki Cornago, Fátima Fernández, Paula Ciaurriz, Francisco J Sanza, Beatriz Santamaría, María V Maigler, María Fe Laguna
In our previous work we demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, the experimental capability of resonant nanopillars (R-NP) arrays as biochemical transducers. In this Letter, we provide evidence of the capability and suitability of R-NP arrays on a chip to function as label-free optical multiplexed biosensors. R-NP are based on Si<sub>3</sub>N<sub>4</sub>/SiO<sub>2</sub> Bragg reflectors with a cavity of SiO<sub>2</sub>. In order to demonstrate the biosensing performance, R-NP were biofunctionalized by the immobilization of IgG antibodies acting as a bioreceptor...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Jianfa Zhang, Wenbin Liu, Zhihong Zhu, Xiaodong Yuan, Shiqiao Qin
Graphene plasmons are rapidly emerging as a versatile platform for manipulating light at the deep subwavelength scale. Here we show numerically that strong optical near-field forces can be generated under the illumination of mid-IR light when dielectric nanoparticles are located in the vicinity of a nanostructured graphene film. These near-field forces are attributed to the excitation of the graphene's plasmonic mode. The optical forces can generate an efficient optical trapping potential for a 10-nm-diameter dielectric particle when the light intensity is only about about 4...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
F J Rawson, M T Cole, J M Hicks, J W Aylott, W I Milne, C M Collins, S K Jackson, N J Silman, P M Mendes
With the rapidly increasing demands for ultrasensitive biodetection, the design and applications of new nano-scale materials for development of sensors based on optical and electrochemical transducers have attracted substantial interest. In particular, given the comparable sizes of nanomaterials and biomolecules, there exist plenty of opportunities to develop functional nanoprobes with biomolecules for highly sensitive and selective biosensing, shedding new light on cellular behaviour. Towards this aim, herein we interface cells with patterned nano-arrays of carbon nanofibers forming a nanosensor-cell construct...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
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January 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
S Bhuckory, L Mattera, K D Wegner, X Qiu, Y-T Wu, L J Charbonnière, P Reiss, N Hildebrandt
Compact and functional nanoparticle-antibody conjugates are of paramount importance for the development of quantum dot (QD)-based immunoassays. Here, we present a simple strategy to directly conjugate IgG, F(ab')2, and Fab antibodies via their endogenous disulfide groups directly to the inorganic ZnS shell of compact penicillamine-coated QDs. The functionality of the conjugates was demonstrated by terbium (Tb)-to-QD FRET immunoassays against prostate specific antigen in serum samples. Detection limits of 2...
November 30, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Evgeny Katz, Arshak Poghossian, Michael J Schöning
The paper is an overview of enzyme-based logic gates and their short circuits, with specific examples of Boolean AND and OR gates, and concatenated logic gates composed of multi-step enzyme-biocatalyzed reactions. Noise formation in the biocatalytic reactions and its decrease by adding a "filter" system, converting convex to sigmoid response function, are discussed. Despite the fact that the enzyme-based logic gates are primarily considered as components of future biomolecular computing systems, their biosensing applications are promising for immediate practical use...
November 29, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Andrea Barucci, Simone Berneschi, Ambra Giannetti, Francesco Baldini, Alessandro Cosci, Stefano Pelli, Daniele Farnesi, Giancarlo C Righini, Silvia Soria, Gualtiero Nunzi Conti
The design of Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators (WGMRs) used as an optical transducer for biosensing represents the first and crucial step towards the optimization of the final device performance in terms of sensitivity and Limit of Detection (LoD). Here, we propose an analytical method for the design of an optical microbubble resonator (OMBR)-based biosensor. In order to enhance the OMBR sensing performance, we consider a polymeric layer of high refractive index as an inner coating for the OMBR. The effect of this layer and other optical/geometrical parameters on the mode field distribution, sensitivity and LoD of the OMBR is assessed and discussed, both for transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarization...
November 25, 2016: Sensors
Eden Morales-Narváez, Luis Baptista-Pires, Alejandro Zamora-Gálvez, Arben Merkoçi
The main properties of graphene derivatives facilitating optical and electrical biosensing platforms are discussed, along with how the integration of graphene derivatives, plastic, and paper can lead to innovative devices in order to simplify biosensing technology and manufacture easy-to-use, yet powerful electrical or optical biosensors. Some crucial issues to be overcome in order to bring graphene-based biosensors to the market are also underscored.
November 29, 2016: Advanced Materials
V B Varma, A Ray, Z M Wang, Z P Wang, R V Ramanujan
Droplet microfluidics offers a range of Lab-on-a-chip (LoC) applications. However, wireless and programmable manipulation of such droplets is a challenge. We address this challenge by experimental and modelling studies of uniform magnetic field induced merging of ferrofluid based droplets. Control of droplet velocity and merging was achieved through uniform magnetic field and flow rate ratio. Conditions for droplet merging with respect to droplet velocity were studied. Merging and mixing of colour dye + magnetite composite droplets was demonstrated...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Pavel Damborský, Martina Zámorová, Jaroslav Katrlík
Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common newly diagnosed cancer among men and we focused on its traditional biomarker, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), using targeted glycomics-based strategies. The aberrant glycosylation pattern of PSA may serve as valuable tool for improving PCa diagnosis including its early-stage. In the present work we evaluated the usability of two techniques, surface plasmon resonance and protein microarray assay, for the study and characterization of interactions of PSA (both free and complexed) with 6 lectins (SNA, ConA, RCA, AAL, WGA and MAA II)...
November 24, 2016: Proteomics
Hiroshi Imamura, Shinya Honda
This article presented the data related to the research article entitled "Calibration-free concentration analysis for an analyte prone to self-association" (H. Imamura, S. Honda, 2017) [1]. The data included surface plasmon resonance (SPR) responses of the variants of protein G with different masses under mass transport limitation. The friction factors of the proteins analyzed by an ultracentrifugation were recorded. Calculation of the SPR response of the proteins was also described.
December 2016: Data in Brief
Duarte Moura, João F Mano, Maria C Paiva, Natália M Alves
Chitosan (CHI), a biocompatible and biodegradable polysaccharide with the ability to provide a non-protein matrix for tissue growth, is considered to be an ideal material in the biomedical field. However, the lack of good mechanical properties limits its applications. In order to overcome this drawback, CHI has been combined with different polymers and fillers, leading to a variety of chitosan-based nanocomposites. The extensive research on CHI nanocomposites as well as their main biomedical applications are reviewed in this paper...
2016: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
Bingying Jiang, Yulian Wei, Junqiang Xu, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
Aberrant DNA methylation originated from changes in DNA methyltransferase activity can lead to many genetic diseases and tumor types, and the monitoring of methyltransferase activity is thus of great importance in disease diagnosis and drug screening. In this work, by combing hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and metal ion-dependent DNAzyme recycling, we have developed a convenient enzyme-free signal amplification strategy for highly sensitive detection of DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam MTase) activity and its inhibitors...
January 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
Hong-Ming Yang, Ru-Meng Bao, Chang-Mei Yu, Yan-Na Lv, Wei-Fen Zhang, Jin-Bao Tang
The development of a site-specific and covalent attachment methodology is crucial for antibody-biotin conjugates to preserve the antigen-binding ability of antibodies and yield homogeneous products. In this study, an engineered photoactivatable Z-domain variant [an UV-active amino acid benzoylphenylalanine (Bpa) was genetically incorporated into the Z-domain] carrying one biotin molecule (ZBpa-Biotin) was prepared by employing aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase/suppressor tRNA and Avitag/BirA techniques. The site-specific and covalent attachment of IgG-biotin conjugates, viz...
January 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
Sajid Rauf, Muhammad Azhar Hayat Nawaz, Mihaela Badea, Jean Louis Marty, Akhtar Hayat
Diabetes is a rapidly growing disease that can be monitored at an individual level by controlling the blood glucose level, hence minimizing the negative impact of the disease. Significant research efforts have been focused on the design of novel and improved technologies to overcome the limitations of existing glucose analysis methods. In this context, nanotechnology has enabled the diagnosis at the single cell and molecular level with the possibility of incorporation in advanced molecular diagnostic biochips...
November 17, 2016: Sensors
Shanshan Li, Li Zhou, Yongpeng Yao, Keqiang Fan, Zilong Li, Lixin Zhang, Weishan Wang, Keqian Yang
A wide range of chemicals can be sensed by allosteric transcription factors (aTFs) in bacteria. Herein, we report a biosensing platform by using isolated aTFs as recognition elements in vitro. Moreover, a general strategy to increase the sensitivity of the aTF-based biosensors is provided. As a proof-of-concept, we obtained by far the most sensitive uric acid and oxytetracycline biosensors by using aTF HucR and OtrR as recognition elements, respectively. As a large number of aTFs are present in bacteria, our work opens a novel route to develop sensitive aTF-based biosensors...
November 21, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Josua Markus, Ramya Mathiyalagan, Yeon-Ju Kim, Ragavendran Abbai, Priyanka Singh, Sungeun Ahn, Zuly Elizabeth Jimenez Perez, Joon Hurh, Deok Chun Yang
A straightforward synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNps) is achieved by novel probiotic Lactobacillus kimchicus DCY51(T) isolated from Korean kimchi via an intracellular membrane-bound mechanism. The bioreduction of HAuCl4 into AuNps was verified by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry at ∼540nm. AuNps were spherical with varying sizes of 5-30nm. AuNps maintained an average crystallite size of 13nm and demonstrated long-term stability in physiological buffer and biological media. Furthermore, the protective capping layer consisted of amino acid residues and surface-bound proteins rendered them non-toxic to murine macrophage (RAW264...
December 2016: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
Nuria Tort, J-Pablo Salvador, M-Pilar Marco
Biofunctional multimodal plasmonic nanostructures suitable for multiplexed localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) biosensing have been created by DNA-directed immobilization (DDI) of two distinct multifunctional biohybrid gold nanoparticles. Gold nanoparticles (AuNP) of distinct sizes, and therefore showing distinct plasmon resonant peaks (RP), have been biofunctionalized and codified with two different single stranded-DNA (ssDNA) chains. One of these oligonucleotide chains has been specifically designed to direct each AuNP to a distinct location of the surface of a DNA microarray chip through specific hybridization with complementary oligonucleotide strands...
November 11, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Kevin M Koo, Eugene J H Wee, Matt Trau
Aberrant chromosal rearrangements, such as the multiple variants of TMPRSS2:ERG fusion gene mutations in prostate cancer (PCa), are promising diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers due to their specific expression in cancerous tissue only. Additionally, TMPRSS2:ERG variants are detectable in urine to provide non-invasive PCa diagnostic sampling as an attractive surrogate for needle biopsies. Therefore, rapid and simplistic assays for identifying multiple urinary TMPRSS2:ERG variants are potentially useful to aid in early cancer detection, immediate patient risk stratification, and prompt personalized treatment...
November 12, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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