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L-Cysteine-capped CdTe quantum dots as a fluorescent probe for sequential detection of lysozyme and trypsin

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In this work, we designed a simple and sensitive fluorescence probe for sequential detection of lysozyme and trypsin. Firstly, L-cysteine was chosen as a stabilizer to obtain L-cysteine-capped CdTe QDs. Lysozyme with positive charges can interact with L-cysteine capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) via the special assembly between lysozyme and L-cysteine, resulting in the quenching of the fluorescence of CdTe QDs. Lysozyme can be hydrolyzed into small fragments in the presence of trypsin, and the interaction between L-cysteine-capped CdTe QDs and lysozyme would be inhibited, which could be used for trypsin quantification. There was a linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity of CdTe QDs and the lysozyme concentration in the range of 75–1000 ng mL−1 and another linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity of CdTe QDs and the logarithm of the trypsin concentration in the range of 10–500 ng mL−1. The detection limits were 28.33 ng mL−1 for lysozyme and 8.35 ng mL−1 for trypsin, respectively. The established method showed a good selectivity for lysozyme and trypsin detection.

Graphical abstract: l-Cysteine-capped CdTe quantum dots as a fluorescent probe for sequential detection of lysozyme and trypsin

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The article was received on 13 Dec 2016, accepted on 18 Apr 2017 and first published on 18 Apr 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6NJ03903K
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 4138-4144
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    L-Cysteine-capped CdTe quantum dots as a fluorescent probe for sequential detection of lysozyme and trypsin

    F. Shi, S. Liu and X. Su, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 4138
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NJ03903K

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