Naked-eye nanobiosensor for therapeutic drug monitoring of methotrexate
Sensing of methotrexate at clinically-relevant concentrations was achieved with a plasmon-coupling assay. In this assay, free methotrexate and folic acid Au nanoparticles competed for human dihydrofolate reductase (hDHFR)-functionalized Au nanoparticles (Au NP). The hDHFR-functionalized Au NPs were immobilized on a small glass sensor inserted in a portable 4-channel LSPR reader. This allowed rapid (minutes) and sensitive (nanomolar range) measurement of methotrexate concentration by means of total internal reflection plasmonic spectroscopy. The large bathochromic shifts of the plasmon-coupling assay led to striking colour changes visible to the naked eye for methotrexate at clinically-relevant concentrations. The results demonstrate the potential for therapeutic drug monitoring of a widely used chemotherapy agent, as assessed with the naked eye.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Innovative Tools for Cancer Screening, Detection and Diagnostics