New paper in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Beatriz and colleagues have recently published in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical their work on a label-free optical biosensor based on nanoporous anodic alumina for tumour necrosis factor-alpha detection in chronic wounds.
Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine important to wound healing. In non-healing wounds, it has been suggested that the expression of TNF-is prolonged and elevated which contributes to impaired healing responses. Hence it is of great interest to develop biosensors towards the detection of TNF-in non-healing wounds. In this study, we have developed a label-free optical TNF- biosensor based on interferometric reflectance spectroscopy (IRS) technique using a functionalized nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) thin film transducer. The biosensor is fabricated by functionalizing NAA pore walls with anti-TNF-antibodies using silanization chemistry. Binding of TNF-to the bioreceptors within the pores causes a change in effective optical thickness (EOT) of the NAA thin film. Thus,
analyte detection is achieved by monitoring EOT evolution with time. Label-free detection of TNF-was demonstrated in buffer solution and in complex media such as simulated wound fluid. A limit of detection of 0.13 g/mL was achieved. This study provides proof-of-concept evidence which sets foundations for further development of biosensors as point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tools for chronic wound care.