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Mobile magnetic particles as solid-supports for rapid surface-based bioanalysis in continuous flow

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Abstract

An extremely versatile microfluidic device is demonstrated in which multi-step (bio)chemical procedures can be performed in continuous flow. The system operates by generating several co-laminar flow streams, which contain reagents for specific (bio)reactions across a rectangular reaction chamber. Functionalised magnetic microparticles are employed as mobile solid-supports and are pulled from one side of the reaction chamber to the other by use of an external magnetic field. As the particles traverse the co-laminar reagent streams, binding and washing steps are performed on their surface in one operation in continuous flow. The applicability of the platform was first demonstrated by performing a proof-of-principle binding assay between streptavidin coated magnetic particles and biotin in free solution with a limit of detection of 20 ng mL−1 of free biotin. The system was then applied to a mouse IgG sandwich immunoassay as a first example of a process involving two binding steps and two washing steps, all performed within 60 s, a fraction of the time required for conventional testing.

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The article was received on 09 Mar 2009, accepted on 31 Jul 2009 and first published on 21 Aug 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B904724G
Citation: Lab Chip, 2009,9, 3110-3117
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    Mobile magnetic particles as solid-supports for rapid surface-based bioanalysis in continuous flow

    S. A. Peyman, A. Iles and N. Pamme, Lab Chip, 2009, 9, 3110
    DOI: 10.1039/B904724G

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