Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 399, Issue 8, pp 2755–2762 | Cite as

Quantum dot-based array for sensitive detection of Escherichia coli

  • Nuria Sanvicens
  • Núria PascualEmail author
  • María Teresa Fernández-Argüelles
  • Javier Adrián
  • José Manuel Costa-Fernández
  • Francisco Sánchez-Baeza
  • Alfredo Sanz-Medel
  • M.-Pilar Marco
Original Paper


A fluorescent quantum dot-based antibody array, used in sandwich format, has been developed to detect Escherichia coli O157:H7. Numerous parameters such as solid support, optimal concentration of immunoreagents, blocking reagents, and assay time were optimized for array construction. Quantum dot-conjugated anti-IgG was used as the detecting system. The array allows the detection of E. coli O157:H7 at concentrations below 10 CFU mL−1 without sample enrichment, exhibiting an increase of three orders of magnitude in the limit of detection compared to ELISA. The interference caused by Gram (+) and Gram (−) bacteria was negligible at low concentrations of bacteria.


Bacteria E. coli Antibody array Quantum dot 



CIBER-BBN is an initiative funded by the VI National R&D&i Plan 2008-2011, Iniciativa Ingenio 2010, Consolider Program, CIBER Actions and financed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III with assistance from the European Regional Development Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuria Sanvicens
    • 1
    • 2
  • Núria Pascual
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  • María Teresa Fernández-Argüelles
    • 3
  • Javier Adrián
    • 1
    • 2
  • José Manuel Costa-Fernández
    • 3
  • Francisco Sánchez-Baeza
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alfredo Sanz-Medel
    • 3
  • M.-Pilar Marco
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Applied Molecular Receptors Group (AMRg)Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Applied Molecular Receptors Group (AMRg)CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBER-BBN)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Physical and Analytical ChemistryUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain
  4. 4.Applied Molecular Receptors Group (AMRg), Department of Chemical and Biomolecular NanotechnologyInstitute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)BarcelonaSpain

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