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Polymerization-based signal amplification for paper-based immunoassays

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Diagnostic tests in resource-limited settings require technologies that are affordable and easy to use with minimal infrastructure. Colorimetric detection methods that produce results that are readable by eye, without reliance on specialized and expensive equipment, have great utility in these settings. We report a colorimetric method that integrates a paper-based immunoassay with a rapid, visible-light-induced polymerization to provide high visual contrast between a positive and a negative result. Using Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 as an example, we demonstrate that this method allows visual detection of proteins in complex matrices such as human serum and provides quantitative information regarding analyte levels when combined with cellphone-based imaging. It also allows the user to decouple the capture of analyte from signal amplification and visualization steps.

Graphical abstract: Polymerization-based signal amplification for paper-based immunoassays

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The article was received on 18 Oct 2014, accepted on 18 Nov 2014 and first published on 18 Nov 2014

Article type: Technical Innovation
DOI: 10.1039/C4LC01239A
Citation: Lab Chip, 2015,15, 655-659
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    Polymerization-based signal amplification for paper-based immunoassays

    A. K. Badu-Tawiah, S. Lathwal, K. Kaastrup, M. Al-Sayah, D. C. Christodouleas, B. S. Smith, G. M. Whitesides and H. D. Sikes, Lab Chip, 2015, 15, 655
    DOI: 10.1039/C4LC01239A

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