Antifouling surface layers for improved signal-to-noise of particle-based immunoassays.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, Volume 25, Issue 23, p.13510-5 (2009)


2009, Animals, Cattle, Center-Authored Paper, Flow Cytometry Core Facility, GPI-Linked Proteins, Humans, Immunoassay, Membrane Glycoproteins, MICE, Nanoparticles, Polyethylene Glycols, Public Health Sciences Division, Shared Resources, Sulfones


A 10-fold improvement in the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of an optically encoded silica particle-based immunoassay was achieved through incorporating a protein resistant poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) surface layer and optimizing antibody immobilization conditions. PEG was activated using 2,2,2-trifluoroethanesulfonyl chloride (tresyl) and required a minimum reaction time of 1.5 h. The activated PEG had a reactive half-life of approximately 5 h when stored in acidified dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). By increasing the protein incubation time and concentration, a maximum antibody loading on the particle surface of 1.6 x 10(-2) molecules per nm(2) was achieved. The assay S/N ratio was assessed using a multiplexed multicomponent optically encoded species-specific immunoassay. Encoded particles were covalently grafted or nonspecifically coated with either bovine or mouse IgG for the simultaneous detection of complementary anti-IgG "target" or uncomplementary anti-IgG "noise". The versatility and potential as a serum-based assay platform was demonstrated by immobilizing either a polyclonal antibody or an engineered single-chain variable fragment (scFv) capture probe on particles for the detection of the ovarian cancer biomarker, mesothelin (MSLN). The MLSN antigen was spiked into PBS buffer or 50% human serum. Both capture probe orientations, and media conditions showed similar low level detection limits of 5 ng/mL; however, a 40% decrease in maximum signal intensity was observed for assays run in 50% serum.