, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 397-408

A micro amperometric immunosensor for detection of human immunoglobulin

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A novel amperometric immunosensor based on the micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, using protein A and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for the orientation-controlled immobilization of antibodies, has been developed. Using MEMS technology, an “Au, Pt, Pt” three-microelectrode system enclosed in a SU-8 micro pool was fabricated. Employing SAMs, a monolayer of protein A was immobilized on the cysteamine modified Au electrode to achieve the orientation-controlled immobilization of the human immunoglobulin (HIgG) antibody. The immunosensor aimed at low unit cost, small dimension, high level of integration and the prospect of a biosensor system-on-a-chip. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry were conducted to characterize the immunosensor. Compared with the traditional immunosensor using bulky gold electrode or screen-printed electrode and the procedure directly binding protein A to electrode for immobilization of antibodies, it had attractive advantages, such as miniaturization, compatibility with CMOS technology, fast response (30 s), broad linear range (50–400 µg/L) and low detection limit (10 μg/L) for HIgG. In addition, this immunosensor was easy to be designed into micro array and to realize the simultaneously multi-parameter detection.