Electrochemical biosensor for quantitation of anti-DNA autoantibodies in human serum. Academic Article uri icon


  • Measurement of serum autoantibody is a critical tool in the diagnosis and management of autoimmune diseases. However, rapid and convenient methods at the point-of care have not been achieved in large part because any one antibody species is a heterogeneous and miniscule fraction of the total serum immunoglobulin displaying identical properties other than its antigen-binding specificity. The present system addresses these challenges by vacuum-mediated transport of diluted serum through an antigen-coated porous membrane. To measure anti-DNA autoantibodies, native DNA was immobilized into a poly(vinylidene fluoride) membrane pre-coated with a synthetic phenylalanine/lysine co-polymer. Flow-through of primary and peroxidase-conjugated secondary antibodies over the course of 3 min enhanced productive antibody-antigen interactions by bringing the reactants into close mutual proximity. Signal was quantified electrochemically during the enzymatic conversion of the tetramethylbenzidine substrate to a charge-transfer complex. The electrochemical signals generated by sera from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus using this device showed good quantitative correlation with a standard enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and displayed similar detection limits. Inter- and intra-assay variability and electrode uniformity were favorable as was a two-month test of the stability of the DNA-coated membrane. While refining the fluidics requirements of this biosensor will be needed, its capacity to quantify over the course of 30 min anti-DNA antibodies in fresh human serum without background reactivity of normal serum makes this a promising technology as a point-of care device of clinical utility.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • January 2014