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Chang Heon Lee, Jeff Folz, Wuliang Zhang, Janggun Jo, Joel W Y Tan, Xueding Wang, Raoul Kopelman
Ion-selective optodes (ISOs), the optical analog of ion-selective electrodes, have played an increasingly important role in chemical and biochemical analysis. Here we extend this technique to ion-selective photo-acoustic optodes (ISPAOs) that serve at the same time as fluorescence-based ISOs, and apply it specifically to potassium (K+). Notably, the potassium ion is one of the most abundant cations in biological systems, involved in numerous physiological and pathological processes. Furthermore, it has been recently reported that the presence of abnormal extracellular potassium concentrations in tumors suppresses the immune responses and thus suppresses immunotherapy...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Xiu Liang, Yi-Shuo Wang, Ting-Ting You, Xiao-Juan Zhang, Nan Yang, Guang-Sheng Wang, Peng-Gang Yin
Interfacial self-assembly of ordered nanostructures at oil-water interfaces towards the fabrication of nanofilms has attracted the interest of plenty of scientists, since its discovery in 2004. Herein, further developments have been achieved, and we report a new strategy for the synthesis of a three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical nanostructure, through an interfacial synthesis driven microemulsion process. Thus, the synthesis route has been simplified, with the rigorous experimental conditions of traditional compositing technology...
June 20, 2017: Nanoscale
M Raju, Sakshi Srivastava, Ratish R Nair, Ishan H Raval, Soumya Haldar, Pabitra B Chatterjee
This article aims to establish the judicious use of iron-binding chemistry of microbial chelators in order to functionalize the surface of iron nanoparticles to develop non-toxic nanobiosensor. Anchoring a simple siderophore 2,3-dihydroxybenzoylglycine (H3L), which bears catechol and carboxyl functionalities in tandem, on to the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles has developed a unique nanobiosensor HL-FeNPs which showed highly selective and sensitive detection of Al(3+) in 100% water at physiological pH. The biosensor HL-FeNPs, with 20nM limit of detection, behaves reversibly and instantly...
June 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Ha Neul Lee, Jea-Sung Ryu, Cheong Shin, Hyun Jung Chung
A simple and facile method for sensing of nucleic acids is in great need for disease biomarker detection and diagnosis. Herein, a fluorescent nanosensor utilizing carbon dot nanoparticles is introduced that form visible precipitates in the presence of target DNA. Carbon dot nanoparticles are fabricated by microwave pyrolysis of polyethylenimine, which emits strong photoluminescence and can form precipitates when added to target DNA oligonucleotides. The precipitates can be easily visualized by UV illumination, and data can be acquired as images using a smartphone, which are analyzed for quantification...
June 14, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Işık Perçin, Neslihan Idil, Monireh Bakhshpour, Erkut Yılmaz, Bo Mattiasson, Adil Denizli
Identification of pathogenic microorganisms by traditional methods is slow and cumbersome. Therefore, the focus today is on developing new and quicker analytical methods. In this study, a Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) sensor with a microcontact imprinted sensor chip was developed for detecting Salmonella paratyphi. For this purpose, the stamps of the target microorganism were prepared and then, microcontact S. paratyphi-imprinted SPR chips were prepared with the functional monomer N-methacryloyl-L-histidine methyl ester (MAH)...
June 13, 2017: Sensors
Seon-Yeong Kwak, Min Hao Wong, Tedrick Thomas Salim Lew, Gili Bisker, Michael A Lee, Amir Kaplan, Juyao Dong, Albert Tianxiang Liu, Volodymyr B Koman, Rosalie Sinclair, Catherine Hamann, Michael S Strano
An understanding of plant biology is essential to solving many long-standing global challenges, including sustainable and secure food production and the generation of renewable fuel sources. Nanosensor platforms, sensors with a characteristic dimension that is nanometer in scale, have emerged as important tools for monitoring plant signaling pathways and metabolism that are nondestructive, minimally invasive, and capable of real-time analysis. This review outlines the recent advances in nanotechnology that enable these platforms, including the measurement of chemical fluxes even at the single-molecule level...
June 12, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
Fei Ma, Wen-Jing Liu, Bo Tang, Chun-Yang Zhang
We develop a single quantum dot (QD)-based nanosensor for the signal-on detection of DNA methyltransferase (MTase). By integration of single-molecule counting with the QD-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), the proposed nanosensor can sensitively detect DNA MTase with a detection limit of as low as 0.002 U mL(-1), and it can be further applied for inhibitor screening and accurate detection of DNA MTase in complex biological samples.
June 12, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Diya Li, Ceming Wang, Gongchen Sun, Satyajyoti Senapati, Hsueh-Chia Chang
Detection and quantification of low-concentration proteins in heterogeneous media are generally plagued by two distinct obstacles: lack of sensitivity due to high dissociation equilibrium constant KD and non-specificity due to an abundance of non-targets with similar KD. Herein, we report a nanoscale protein-sensing platform with a non-equilibrium on-off switch that employs dielectrophoretic and hydrodynamic shear forces to overcome these thermodynamic limitations with irreversible kinetics. The detection sensitivity is achieved with complete association of the antibody-antigen-antibody (Ab-Ag-Ab) complex by precisely and rapidly assembling carbon nanotubes (CNT) across two parallel electrodes via sequential DC electrophoresis and AC dielectrophoresis (DEP), and with single-CNT electron tunneling conductance...
May 31, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Qingdong Zhu, Li Wang, Qianli Dong, Shu Chang, Kexin Wen, Shenghua Jia, Zhilin Chu, Hanmeng Wang, Ping Gao, Heping Zhao, Shengcheng Han, Yingdian Wang
Glucose is the primary energy provider and the most important sugar-signalling molecule, regulating metabolites and modulating gene expression from unicellular yeast to multicellular plants and animals. Therefore, monitoring intracellular glucose levels temporally and spatially in living cells is an essential step for decoding the glucose signalling in response to biotic and abiotic stresses. In this study, the genetically encoded FRET (Förster resonance energy transfer) nanosensors, FLIPglu-2μ∆13 and FLIPglu-600μΔ13, were used to measure cytosolic glucose dynamics in rice plants...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Tifeng Xia, Fengliang Zhu, Ke Jiang, Yuanjing Cui, Yu Yang, Guodong Qian
The precise and real-time monitoring of localized pH changes is of great importance in many engineering and environmental fields, especially for monitoring small pH changes in biological environments and living cells. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with their nanoscale processability show very promising applications in bioimaging and biomonitoring, but the fabrication of nanoscale MOFs is still a challenge. In this study, we synthesized a nanoscale mixed-lanthanide metal-organic framework by a microemulsion method...
June 13, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Keying Cai, Mulan Zeng, Fenfen Liu, Nan Liu, Zhenzhong Huang, Yonghai Song, Li Wang
An easy and effective strategy for synthesizing a ratiometric fluorescent nanosensor has been demonstrated in this work. Novel fluorescent BSA-AuNPs@Tb-AMP (BSA, bovine serum albumin; AMP, adenosine 5'-monophosphate; AuNPs, Au nanoparticles) metal-organic framework (MOF) nanostructures were synthesized by encapsulating BSA-AuNPs into Tb-AMP MOFs for the detection of 2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (DPA) and Hg(2+) . DPA could strongly co-ordinate with Tb(3+) to replace water molecules from the Tb(3+) center and accordingly enhanced the fluorescence of Tb-AMP MOFs...
June 1, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
Feng Liang, Yuzheng Guo, Shaocong Hou, Qimin Quan
Current methods to study molecular interactions require labeling the subject molecules with fluorescent reporters. However, the effect of the fluorescent reporters on molecular dynamics has not been quantified because of a lack of alternative methods. We develop a hybrid photonic-plasmonic antenna-in-a-nanocavity single-molecule biosensor to study DNA-protein dynamics without using fluorescent labels. Our results indicate that the fluorescein and fluorescent protein labels decrease the interaction between a single DNA and a protein due to weakened electrostatic interaction...
May 2017: Science Advances
Nisha Shrestha, Sheenah L Bryant, Christopher Thomas, Devon Richtsmeier, Xinzhu Pu, Juliette Tinker, Daniel Fologea
The ability of pore-forming proteins to interact with various analytes has found vast applicability in single molecule sensing and characterization. In spite of their abundance in organisms from all kingdoms of life, only a few pore-forming proteins have been successfully reconstituted in artificial membrane systems for sensing purposes. Lysenin, a pore-forming toxin extracted from the earthworm E. fetida, inserts large conductance nanopores in lipid membranes containing sphingomyelin. Here we show that single lysenin channels may function as stochastic nanosensors by allowing the short cationic peptide angiotensin II to be electrophoretically driven through the conducting pathway...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
Inga Tijunelyte, Stéphanie Betelu, Jonathan Moreau, Ioannis Ignatiadis, Catherine Berho, Nathalie Lidgi-Guigui, Erwann Guénin, Catalina David, Sébastien Vergnole, Emmanuel Rinnert, Marc Lamy de la Chapelle
Here, we present a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) nanosensor for environmental pollutants detection. This study was conducted on three polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), fluoranthene (FL), and naphthalene (NAP). SERS substrates were chemically functionalized using 4-dodecyl benzenediazonium-tetrafluoroborate and SERS analyses were conducted to detect the pollutants alone and in mixtures. Compounds were first measured in water-methanol (9:1 volume ratio) samples. Investigation on solutions containing concentrations ranging from 10(-6) g L(-1) to 10(-3) g L(-1) provided data to plot calibration curves and to determine the performance of the sensor...
May 24, 2017: Sensors
Ngoc D B Le, Gulen Yesilbag Tonga, Rubul Mout, Sung-Tae Kim, Marcos E Wille, Subinoy Rana, Karen A Dunphy, D Joseph Jerry, Mahdieh Yazdani, Rajesh Ramanathan, Caren M Rotello, Vincent M Rotello
We report a nanosensor that uses cell lysates to rapidly profile the tumorigenicity of cancer cells. This sensing platform uses host-guest interactions between cucurbit[7]uril and the cationic headgroup of a gold nanoparticle to non-covalently modify the binding of three fluorescent proteins of a multi-channel sensor in situ. This approach doubles the number of output channels to six, providing single-well identification of cell lysates with 100% accuracy. Significantly, this classification could be extended beyond the training set, determining the invasiveness of novel cell lines...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Oren Z Gall, Xiahua Zhong, Daniel S Schulman, Myungkoo Kang, Ali Razavieh, Theresa S Mayer
Nanosensor arrays have recently received significant attention due to their utility in a wide range of applications, including gas sensing, fuel cells, internet of things, and portable health monitoring systems. Less attention has been given to the production of sensor platforms in the μW range for ultra-low power applications. Here, we discuss how to scale the nanosensor energy demand by developing a process for integration of nanowire sensing arrays on a monolithic CMOS chip. This work demonstrates an off-chip nanowire fabrication method; subsequently nanowires link to a fused SiO2 substrate using electric-field assisted directed assembly...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
Sara Hooshmand, Zarrin Es'haghi
In this research, a novel sensitive electrochemical nanosensor based on the cadmium selenide quantum dots (QDs)/ionic liquid mediated hollow fiber-pencil graphite electrode (HF-PGE) was prepared and applied for simultaneous determination of uric acid (UA) and creatinine (Crn) in urine and serum samples. The electrocatalytic oxidation of the analytes was investigated via differential pulse (DPV) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The experiments were designed, in two different steps, according to Taguchi's method; OA9 L9 (3(3)) and OA9 L9 (3(4)) orthogonal array to optimize experimental runs...
June 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
Wengang Zhang, Yong Han, Xiumei Chen, Xueli Luo, Jianlong Wang, Tianli Yue, Zhonghong Li
A Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) based nanosensor for selective phosphorescent determination of patulin (PAT) was synthesized with 6-hydroxynicotinic acid (6-HNA) as dummy template via a surface molecular imprinting sol-gel process. FTIR and XRD indicated the successful graft of molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) onto crystal QDs. Binding tests revealed that the MIP-QDs presented higher selectivity, adsorption capacity and mass transfer rate than non-imprinted polymers, demonstrating a specific recognition for PAT among competitive mycotoxins and its analogues with the imprinting factor of 2...
October 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Sang-Joon Kim, Seon-Jin Choi, Ji-Soo Jang, Hee-Jin Cho, Il-Doo Kim
As a futuristic diagnosis platform, breath analysis is gaining much attention because it is a noninvasive, simple, and low cost diagnostic method. Very promising clinical applications have been demonstrated for diagnostic purposes by correlation analysis between exhaled breath components and specific diseases. In addition, diverse breath molecules, which serve as biomarkers for specific diseases, are precisely identified by statistical pattern recognition studies. To further improve the accuracy of breath analysis as a diagnostic tool, breath sampling, biomarker sensing, and data analysis should be optimized...
May 8, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
Juanhua Yang, Yun Zhang, Lang Zhang, Huili Wang, Jinfang Nie, Zhongxiang Qin, Jiao Li, Wencheng Xiao
This work reports a new colorimetric nanosensor for the detection of heavy-metal ions that initially integrates analyte-triggered autocatalytic amplification with o-phenylenediamine-mediated aggregation of label-free gold nanoparticles. Its utility is well demonstrated with the simple, rapid, sensitive, and specific detection of Hg(2+), Cu(2+), and Ag(+) targets with detection limits less than 3 nM.
May 8, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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