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Micromotors to capture and destroy anthrax simulant spores

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Abstract

Towards addressing the need for detecting and eliminating biothreats, we describe a micromotor-based approach for screening, capturing, isolating and destroying anthrax simulant spores in a simple and rapid manner with minimal sample processing. The B. globilli antibody-functionalized micromotors can recognize, capture and transport B. globigii spores in environmental matrices, while showing non-interactions with excess of non-target bacteria. Efficient destruction of the anthrax simulant spores is demonstrated via the micromotor-induced mixing of a mild oxidizing solution. The new micromotor-based approach paves a way to dynamic multifunctional systems that rapidly recognize, isolate, capture and destroy biological threats.

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Submitted
25 Nov 2014
Accepted
08 Jan 2015
First published
08 Jan 2015

Analyst, 2015,140, 1421-1427
Article type
Communication

Micromotors to capture and destroy anthrax simulant spores

J. Orozco, G. Pan, S. Sattayasamitsathit, M. Galarnyk and J. Wang, Analyst, 2015, 140, 1421
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN02169J

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