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Nanoparticle-based electrochemical immunosensor for the detection of phosphorylated acetylcholinesterase: an exposure biomarker of organophosphate pesticides and nerve agents.
Liu-G; Wang-J; Barry-R; Petersen-C; Timchalk-C; Gassman-PL; Lin-Y
Chemistry 2008 Mar; 14(32):9951-9959
A nanoparticle-based electrochemical immunosensor has been developed for the detection of phosphorylated acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which is a potential biomarker of exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides and chemical warfare nerve agents. Zirconia nanoparticles (ZrO(2) NPs) were used as selective sorbents to capture the phosphorylated AChE adduct, and quantum dots (ZnS@CdS, QDs) were used as tags to label monoclonal anti-AChE antibody to quantify the immunorecognition events. The sandwich-like immunoreactions were performed among the ZrO(2) NPs, which were pre-coated on a screen printed electrode (SPE) by electrodeposition, phosphorylated AChE and QD-anti-AChE. The captured QD tags were determined on the SPE by electrochemical stripping analysis of its metallic component (cadmium) after an acid-dissolution step. Paraoxon was used as the model OP insecticide to prepare the phosphorylated AChE adducts to demonstrate proof of principle for the sensor. The phosphorylated AChE adduct was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and mass spectroscopy. The binding affinity of anti-AChE to the phosphorylated AChE was validated with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The parameters (e.g., amount of ZrO(2) NP, QD-anti-AChE concentration,) that govern the electrochemical response of immunosensors were optimized. The voltammetric response of the immunosensor is highly linear over the range of 10 pM to 4 nM phosphorylated AChE, and the limit of detection is estimated to be 8.0 pM. The immunosensor also successfully detected phosphorylated AChE in human plasma. This new nanoparticle-based electrochemical immunosensor provides an opportunity to develop field-deployable, sensitive, and quantitative biosensors for monitoring exposure to a variety of OP pesticides and nerve agents.
Agricultural-chemicals; Insecticides; Organo-phosphorus-compounds; Organo-phosphorus-pesticides; Biological-effects; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Chemical-analysis; Chemical-synthesis; Qualitative-analysis; Chemical-hypersensitivity; Chemical-properties; Chemical-reactions; Chemical-warfare-agents; Nerve-function; Nervous-system-function; Parasympathetic-nervous-system; Immune-reaction; Immunochemistry; Electrochemical-analysis; Electrochemical-properties; Electrochemical-reactions; Nanotechnology
Yuehe Lin, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352
Issue of Publication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Chemistry: A European Journal
Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories
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