We report a simple, ultra-sensitive, and straightforward method for non-labeling detection of a cancer biomarker, using Rayleigh light scattering spectroscopy of the individual nanosensor based on antibody-antigen recognition and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) λ max shifts. By experimentally measuring the refractive index sensitivity of Au nanorods, the Au nanorod with an aspect ratio of ∼3.5 was proven optimal for the LSPR sensing. To reduce the steric hindrance effect as well as to immobilize a large amount of ligand on the nanoparticle surface, various mixtures containing different molar ratios of HS(CH 2) 11(OCH 2CH 2) 6OCH 2COOH and HS(CH 2) 11(OCH 2CH 2) 3OH were applied to form different self-assembled monolayer surfaces. The results showed that the best molar ratio for antibody conjugation was 1:10. When using individual Au nanorod sensors for the detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA), the lowest concentration recorded was ∼1 aM (∼6 × 10 5 molecules), corresponding to LSPR λ max shifts of ∼4.2 nm. These results indicate that sensor miniaturization down to the nanoscale level, the reduction of steric hindrance, and optimization of size, shape, and aspect ratio of nanorods have led to a significant improvement in the detection limit of sensors.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Lab on a Chip - Miniaturisation for Chemistry and Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 2012 Mar 21|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering