Electrical detection of DNA using nanoparticle labels in combination with metal enhancement represents an interesting alternative to fluorescence readout schemes. This electrical method is hampered by unspecific metal deposition, resulting in a lower sensitivity of the assay. A novel enhancement technique based on an enzymatic process is introduced. This approach enables highly specific metal deposition only at the enzyme label, without the background that is typical in the case of the conventional metal enhancement process of growing nanoparticles. The enzymatic enhancement leads to a significant increase in sensitivity, and the detection of single base mismatches demonstrates the high specificity of the novel enhancement approach.
"In this way, the pattern can be formed very quickly and without the need for expensive ion optics. After exposure to the beam, protein patterns were detected and visualized using three different methods chosen to be representative of common approaches: (1) formation of localized diformazan precipitates by patterned alkaline phosphatase (AP) from its substrate BCIP-NBT , , , (2) binding of gold nanoparticle probes (40 nm and 100 nm gold particles conjugated with antibodies) , , , by patterned antibodies and avidin, and (3) localized redox formation of silver deposits mediated by patterned horseradish peroxidase (HRP) , , , . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this work, a collimated helium beam was used to activate a thiol-poly(ethylene glycol) (SH-PEG) monolayer on gold to selectively capture proteins in the exposed regions. Protein patterns were formed at high throughput by exposing a stencil mask placed in proximity to the PEG-coated surface to a broad beam of helium particles, followed by incubation in a protein solution. Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) spectra showed that SH-PEG molecules remain attached to gold after exposure to beam doses of 1.5-60 µC/cm(2) and incubation in PBS buffer for one hour, as evidenced by the presence of characteristic ether and methoxy peaks at 1120 cm(-1) and 2870 cm(-1), respectively. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) spectra showed that increasing beam doses destroy ether (C-O) bonds in PEG molecules as evidenced by the decrease in carbon C1s peak at 286.6 eV and increased alkyl (C-C) signal at 284.6 eV. XPS spectra also demonstrated protein capture on beam-exposed PEG regions through the appearance of a nitrogen N1s peak at 400 eV and carbon C1s peak at 288 eV binding energies, while the unexposed PEG areas remained protein-free. The characteristic activities of avidin and horseradish peroxidase were preserved after attachment on beam-exposed regions. Protein patterns created using a 35 µm mesh mask were visualized by localized formation of insoluble diformazan precipitates by alkaline phosphatase conversion of its substrate bromochloroindoyl phosphate-nitroblue tetrazolium (BCIP-NBT) and by avidin binding of biotinylated antibodies conjugated on 100 nm gold nanoparticles (AuNP). Patterns created using a mask with smaller 300 nm openings were detected by specific binding of 40 nm AuNP probes and by localized HRP-mediated deposition of silver nanoparticles. Corresponding BSA-passivated negative controls showed very few bound AuNP probes and little to no enzymatic formation of diformazan precipitates or silver nanoparticles.
PLoS ONE 05/2013; 8(5):e56835. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0056835 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have developed a technique for the high-resolution, self-aligning, and high-throughput patterning of antibody binding functionality on surfaces by selectively changing the reactivity of protein-coated surfaces in specific regions of a workpiece with a beam of energetic helium particles. The exposed areas are passivated with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and no longer bind the antigen. We demonstrate that patterns can be formed (1) by using a stencil mask with etched openings that forms a patterned exposure, or (2) by using angled exposure to cast shadows of existing raised microstructures on the surface to form self-aligned patterns. We demonstrate the efficacy of this process through the patterning of anti-lysozyme, anti-Norwalk virus, and anti-Escherichia coli antibodies and the subsequent detection of each of their targets by the enzyme-mediated formation of colored or silver deposits, and also by binding of gold nanoparticles. The process allows for the patterning of three-dimensional structures by inclining the sample relative to the beam so that the shadowed regions remain unaltered. We demonstrate that the resolution of the patterning process is of the order of hundreds of nanometers, and that the approach is well-suited for high throughput patterning.
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