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A novel fluorescence immunosensor based on Förster resonance energy transfer between nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon dot functionalized silica nanospheres and Au@Ag NPs

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Abstract

A novel fluorescence (FL) immunosensor for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) detection was developed based on the Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) between nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon dot functionalized silica nanospheres (Si/NS-CDs) and Au@Ag NPs. The strategy utilized the PSA primary antibody labeled luminescent Si/NS-CDs as donors and PSA secondary antibody labeled Au@Ag NPs as acceptors. In the presence of PSA, the bio-affinity of the antigen and antibody caused the Si/NS-CDs and Au@Ag NPs to approach at a close enough distance for the FL intensity of the Si/NS-CDs to decline owing to the FRET effect. By virtue of the excellent optical properties of the Si/NS-CDs nanoprobe, the quantitative analysis of PSA has been successfully realized using both FL spectroscopy and a naked-eye readout. The fluorometric results present the desirable analytical performance for PSA detection in the range from 5.0 pg mL−1 to 10 ng mL−1 with a detection limit of 0.95 pg mL−1 (S/N = 3). Moreover, satisfactory results for the determination of the PSA target in samples of human serum were obtained, showing the great promise of the method for application in biochemical analysis.

Graphical abstract: A novel fluorescence immunosensor based on Förster resonance energy transfer between nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon dot functionalized silica nanospheres and Au@Ag NPs

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The article was received on 22 Oct 2018, accepted on 03 Dec 2018 and first published on 08 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ05349A
Citation: New J. Chem., 2019,43, 1424-1430

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    A novel fluorescence immunosensor based on Förster resonance energy transfer between nitrogen and sulfur co-doped carbon dot functionalized silica nanospheres and Au@Ag NPs

    J. Cao, W. Zhang, H. Wang, S. Ma and Y. Liu, New J. Chem., 2019, 43, 1424
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ05349A

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