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Sensitive prostate specific antigen quantification using dihydrolipoic acid surface-functionalized phosphorescent quantum dots

Sensitive prostate specific antigen quantification using dihydrolipoic acid surface-functionalized phosphorescent quantum dots
Herein, high-quality Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) have been synthesized using a facile approach directly in aqueous media. The surface of the obtained QDs was further modified by cap-exchange of the native cysteine shell with dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA) ligands resulting in nanocrystals with high water-stability having an intense phosphorescent signal. Covalent bioconjugation of the DHLA-coated nanoparticles with an anti-IgG antibody was then carried out. Interestingly the QD immunoprobe (QD-labelled antibodies) maintained an intense phosphorescence emission, without any significant spectral-shift (as compared to the free QDs). Coupling of an asymmetric flow field flow fractionation technique to an elemental mass spectrometry detection enabled the accurate determination of the efficiency of the bioconjugation reaction. The obtained nanoparticle-antibody bioconjugate was then applied to develop a quantitative sandwich-type phosphorescent immunoassay for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), and a limit of detection (LOD) of 17 pg mL−1 of PSA was achieved and allow to quantify such biomarker in samples within clinically relevant levels. Finally, the assay was validated for the quantification of PSA in the cellular media of prostate cancer cells. Obtained results proved the robustness of the proposed immunoassay based on long-lived phosphorescence measurements against eventual photoluminescent interferences significantly affecting the conventional short-lived fluorescence detection.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0003267017308929

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