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Boronate-Modified Interdigitated Electrode Array for Selective Impedance-Based Sensing of Glycated Hemoglobin

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posted on 06.09.2016, 00:00 by Yuwadee Boonyasit, Wanida Laiwattanapaisal, Orawon Chailapakul, Jenny Emnéus, Arto R. Heiskanen
An impedance-based label-free affinity sensor was developed for the recognition of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Interdigitated gold microelectrode arrays (IDAs) were first modified with a self-assembled monolayer of cysteamine followed by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde and subsequent binding of 3-aminophenylboronic acid (APBA), which selectively binds HbA1c via cis–diol interactions. Impedance sensing was demonstrated to be highly responsive to the clinically relevant HbA1c levels (0.1%–8.36%) with a detection and quantitation limit of 0.024% (3σ/slope) and 0.08% (10σ/slope), respectively. The specificity of the assay was evaluated with nonglycated hemoglobin (HbAo), showing that the impedance response remained unchanged over the concentration range of 10 to 20 g dL–1 HbAo. This demonstrated that the sensor system could be used to specifically distinguish HbA1c from HbAo. Moreover, the binding of HbA1c to the APBA-modified electrodes was reversible, providing a reusable sensing interface as well as showing a stable response after 4 weeks (96% of the initial response). When assaying normal (4.10%) and diabetic (8.36%) HbA1c levels (10 assays per day during a three-day period including a regeneration step after each assay), the overall assay reproducibility, expressed as relative standard error of the mean (n = 30), was 1.1%. The performance of the sensor system was also compared with a commercial method (n = 15) using patient-derived blood samples. A good agreement (Bland-Altman bias plot) and correlation (Passing-Bablok regression analysis) was demonstrated between the boronate-based affinity sensor and the standard method.