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Electrochemical Proteolytic Beacon for Detection of Matrix Metalloproteinase Activities

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posted on 27.09.2006, 00:00 by Guodong Liu, Jun Wang, David S Wunschel, Yuehe Lin
This communication describes a novel method for detecting matrix metalloproteinase-7 activity using a peptide substrate labeled with a ferrocene reporter. The substrate serves as a selective “electrochemical proteolytic beacon” (EPB) for this metalloproteinase. The EPB is immobilized on a gold electrode surface to enable “on−off” electrochemical signaling capability for uncleaved and cleaved events. The EPB is efficiently and selectively cleaved by MMP-7 as measured by the rate of decrease in redox current of ferrocene. Direct transduction of a signal corresponding to peptide cleavage events into an electronic signal thus provides a simple, sensitive route for detecting the MMP activity. The new method allows for identification of the activity of MMP-7 in concentrations as low as 3.4 pM. The concept can be extended to design a multiple peptide substrate labeled with different electroactive reporters for assaying multiple MMPs activities.