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Shell-encoded Au nanoparticles with tunable electroactivity for specific dual disease biomarkers detection.

Zhao, Yuan; Yang, Yaxin; Sun, Yali; Cui, Linyan; Zheng, Fangjie; Zhang, Jiru; Song, Qijun; Xu, Chuanlai.
Biosens Bioelectron; 99: 193-200, 2018 Jan 15.
Article in En | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28759869


The exploration of electroactive labelling with tailorable and strong differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) responses is of great importance in accurate and sensitive screening of a panel of biomarkers related to cancer. Herein, shell-encoded gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) are fabricated and give rise to shell species-dominated DPV peak potentials. Two independent DPV peaks appear at -0.08V for Au@Cu O core-shell NPs and 0.26V for Au@Ag core-shell NPs. Shell-encoded Au NPs drastically exhibit shell thickness-tunable amplified peak currents. The non-interfering and amplified DPV responses enable shell-encoded Au NPs to be an alternative electrochemical signal amplifier for dual screening of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). The limits of detection (LODs) are calculated to be 1.8pg/mL for CEA and 0.3pg/mL for AFP. In comparison to the parallel single-analyte assays, shell-encoded Au NPs engineered electrochemical aptasensors offer multiplexing capability and show significant prospects in biomedical research and early diagnosis of diseases.