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A nanocomposite containing Prussian Blue, platinum nanoparticles and polyaniline for multi-amplification of the signal of voltammetric immunosensors: highly sensitive detection of carcinoma antigen 125

Zhanfang Ma, Yun Zheng, Huiqiang Wang


The authors describe a method for signal amplification of label-free voltammetric immunosensors. A glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with Prussian Blue-platinum nanoparticles (PB-PtNPs) as a redox-active species that gives a strong amperometric signal at 0.18 V (vs. Ag/AgCl). Benefitting from the excellent electrical conductivity and the strong catalytic activity to H2O2, the modified GCE gives a strongly enhanced signal. The PB-PtNPs were incorporated into a polyaniline (PANI) hydrogel to further enhance the signal. The signal response of the PB-PtNP-PANI/GCE is larger by a factor of 7.6 than that of PB-PtNP/GCE. In order to further improve electrical conductivity and immobilize antibody, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were deposited on the surface of the PB-PtNP-PANI hydrogel. The AuNP-PB-PtNP-PANI hydrogel nanocomposite on the GCE was used in an immunosensor for the model analyte carcinoma antigen 125 (CA125), a biomarker for epithelial ovarian cancer, by immobilizing the respective antibody on the modified GCE. A linear response found for the 0.01 to 5000 U mL−1 CA125 concentration range, with a detection limit of 4.4 mU mL−1 (at an S/N ratio of 3). The electrochemical sensitivity is as high as 119.76 μA·(U/mL)−1·cm−2. The detection of CA125 in human serum showed satisfactory accuracy compared to a commercial chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA).

Graphical abstract

Schematic of a nanocomposites consisting of gold nanoparticles, Prussian Blue, platinum nanoparticles and polyaniline hydrogel as a signal multi-amplification sensing substrate for the ultrasensitive immuno detection of carcinoma antigen 125 (CA125).

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00604-017-2470-2

DOI: 10.1007/s00604-017-2470-2

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