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Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2009 Nov;28(3):386-91. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2009.06.003. Epub 2009 Jun 23.

Detection of trace anthracene in soil samples with real-time fluorescence quantitative immuno-PCR using a molecular beacon probe.

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College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Donghua University, 2999 North Renming Road, Songjiang, Shanghai 201620, China.


We developed a highly sensitive and robust real-time fluorescence quantitative immuno-PCR (RTFQ-IPCR) method which uses molecular beacon (MB) probe to detect trace anthracene in the environment. This method was performed on serial dilutions of known anthracene concentrations equivalent to 10-fold dilutions of 10fg/mL to 100pg/mL. We obtained a linear relationship between 10fg/mL and 100pg/mL, with y=0.684x+13.221. A correlation coefficient of 0.994 was also identified, with a detection limit of 4.5fg/mL. After investigating the presence of anthracene in soil samples via RTFQ-IPCR, the obtained concentrations were confirmed by ELISA to be correct and believable, with the recovery ratio ranging from 82% to 112.5%. Based on its sensitivity and reproducibility, MB-based RTFQ-IPCR was found to be acceptable for use in on-site field tests to provide rapid, quantitative, and reliable test results for making environmental decisions.


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