Detection of Proteins Using Microbead-Based Rolling Circle Amplification

Joonhyung Lee, Purdue University - Main Campus
Kutay Icoz, Purdue University - Main Campus
Ana Roberts, University of Texas at Austin
Andrew D. Ellington, University of Texas at Austin
Cagri Savran, Birck Nanotechnology Center and School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

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We present a robust, sensitive, fluorescent- or radiolabel-free self-assembled optical diffraction biosensor that utilizes rolling circle amplification (RCA) and magnetic microbeads as a signal enhancement method. An aptamer-based sandwich assay was performed on microcontact-printed streptavidin arranged in 15 mu m wide alternating lines and could specifically capture and detect platelet-derived growth factor B-chain (PDGF-BB). An aptamer served as a template for the ligation of a padlock probe, and the circularized probe could in turn be used as a template for RCA. The concatameric RCA product hybridized to biotinylated oligonuclotides which then captured streptavidin-labeled magnetic beads. In consequence, the signal from the captured PDGF-BB was amplified via the concatameric RCA product, and the diffraction gratings on the printed areas produced varying intensities of diffraction modes. The detected diffraction intensity and the density of the microbeads on the surface varied as a function of PDGF-BB concentration. Our results demonstrate a robust biosensing platform that is easy to construct and use and devoid of fluorescence microscopy. The self-assembled bead patterns allow both a visual analysis of the molecular binding events under an ordinary bright-field microscope and serve as a diffraction grating biosensor.


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