Automated multiplexed ecl immunoarrays for cancer biomarker proteins

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Journal Article

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Analytical Chemistry








© 2015 American Chemical Society. Point-of-care diagnostics based on multiplexed protein measurements face challenges of simple, automated, low-cost, and high-throughput operation with high sensitivity. Herein, we describe an automated, microprocessor-controlled microfluidic immunoarray for simultaneous multiplexed detection of small protein panels in complex samples. A microfluidic sample/reagent delivery cassette was coupled to a 30-microwell detection array to achieve sensitive detection of four prostate cancer biomarker proteins in serum. The proteins are prostate specific antigen (PSA), prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA), platelet factor-4 (PF-4), and interlukin-6 (IL-6). The six channel system is driven by integrated micropumps controlled by an inexpensive programmable microprocessor. The reagent delivery cassette and detection array feature channels made by precision-cut 0.8 mm silicone gaskets. Single-wall carbon nanotube forests were grown in printed microwells on a pyrolytic graphite detection chip and decorated with capture antibodies. The detection chip is housed in a machined microfluidic chamber with a steel metal shim counter electrode and Ag/AgCl reference electrode for electrochemiluminescent (ECL) measurements. The preloaded sample/reagent cassette automatically delivers samples, wash buffers, and ECL RuBPY-silica-antibody detection nanoparticles sequentially. An onboard microcontroller controls micropumps and reagent flow to the detection chamber according to a preset program. Detection employs tripropylamine, a sacrificial reductant, while applying 0.95 V vs Ag/AgCl. Resulting ECL light was measured by a CCD camera. Ultralow detection limits of 10-100 fg mL-1 were achieved in simultaneous detection of the four protein in 36 min assays. Results for the four proteins in prostate cancer patient serum gave excellent correlation with those from single-protein ELISA.

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