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Anal Chim Acta. 2013 Mar 5;766:94-9. doi: 10.1016/j.aca.2012.12.043. Epub 2013 Jan 9.

A rapid and highly sensitive portable chemiluminescent immunosensor of carcinoembryonic antigen based on immunomagnetic separation in human serum.

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State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China.


To detect a biomarker for lung cancer, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a highly sensitive, selective, rapid and portable immunosensor based on immunomagnetic separation and chemiluminescence immunoassay was introduced. A sandwich scheme assay has been utilized with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) labeled anti-CEA antibody and immunomagnetic beads (IMBs). The presence of target protein CEA caused the formation of the sandwich structures (IMBs-CEA-HRP labeled antibody). IMBs were applied to capture CEA and immobilize CEA through the external magnetic field. The HRP at the surface of the antibody catalytically oxidized the luminescence substrate to generate optical signals which were detected by a portable home-made luminometer and which were directly proportional to the concentration of CEA in the samples. The signals were dependent on CEA concentrations in a linear range from 0 to 50 ng mL(-1). The limit of detection (LOD) of this method was as low as 5.0 pg mL(-1) (S/N=3). The novel immunosensor was highly sensitive with an assay time of <35 min. The intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation were <10%. The anti-CEA antibody can be bound to the bead efficiently with a conjugation rate of 73%. IMBs could be stored in 4 °C protecting from light for 2 months without obvious reduction of biological activity. Human reference sera mixed with various concentrations of CEA were tested with the proposed method and commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit, and a good linear relationship was obtained. This proposed technique demonstrated an excellent performance for quantifying CEA and was expected to be used for clinical testing.

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