Label-free impedimetric detection of glycan-lectin interactions

Jeffrey LaBelle, Jared Q. Gerlach, Sergei Svarovsky, Lokesh Joshi

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A compact biosensor for a label-free, rapid (<80 s) detection of glycan-lectin interactions using ac impedance measurements was developed for the first time. A galactose-binding peanut agglutinin (PNA) and sialic acid-binding Sambucus nigra agglutinin (SNA) were covalently surface-immobilized on the layered Cu/Ni/Au printed circuit board (PCB) electrodes. Samples of artificial and natural glycoconjugates consisting of (1) gold glyconanoparticles encapsulated with ∼90-100 copies of TF-antigen disaccharide Galα1-3GalNAc (TF-AuNP), (2) asialofetuin (ASF) containing both LacNAc (Galβ1-4GlcNAc) and TF-antigen, and (3) fetuin (FET), the sialylated glycoform of ASF. The samples were run separately on PNA- and SNA-immobilized PCB electrodes. Our results indicate that TF-AuNP could be rapidly and reliably detected up to 1 pg/mL (13 fM) concentration on PNA electrode but, as expected, yielded no response on the SNA electrode. ASF and FET glycocoproteins were unambiguously detectable up to 10 pg/mL (150 fM) on PNA and SNA electrodes, respectively. Moreover, the technique allowed us to observe glyco- microheterogeneity of FET as well as establish the presence of two isoforms of SNA lectin, SNA-I and SNA-II, in one of the vendor's formulations. Further elaboration of the described technology into novel electrochemically driven lectin arrays may find applications in diagnosis of cancer and other diseases with multiple glycobiomarkers or as a rapid low-cost bioanalytical tool for glycoproteome analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6959-6964
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 15 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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