Autores: Andrei Elias Deller, Ana L. Soares, Jaqueline Volpe, Jean G. A. Ruthes, Dênio Emanuel Pires Souto e Marcio Vidotti
Biosensors, DOI: 10.3390/bios12110970
In this study, polypyrrole nanotubes (PPy-NT) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were electrochemically synthesized to form a hybrid material and used as an electroactive layer for the attachment of proteins for the construction of a high-performance biosensor. Besides the enhancement of intrinsic conductivity of the PPy-NT, the AuNPs act as an anchor group for the formation of self-assembly monolayers (SAMs) from the gold-sulfur covalent interaction between gold and Mercaptopropionic acid (MPA). This material was used to evaluate the viability and performance of the platform developed for biosensing, and three different biological approaches were tested: first, the Avidin-HRP/Biotin couple and characterizations were made by using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), wherein we detected Biotin in a linear range of 100–900 fmol L-1. The studies continued with folate group biomolecules, using the folate receptor α (FR-α) as a bioreceptor. Tests with anti-FR antibody detection were performed, and the results obtained indicate a linear range of detection from 0.001 to 6.70 pmol L-1. The same FR-α receptor was used for Folic Acid detection, and the results showed a limit of detection of 0.030 nmol L-1 and a limit of quantification of 90 pmol L-1. The results indicate that the proposed biosensor is sensitive and capable of operating in a range of clinical interests.