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Sensors 2017, 17(9), 1986;

One-Step Facile Synthesis of Aptamer-Modified Graphene Oxide for Highly Specific Enrichment of Human A-Thrombin in Plasma

Key Laboratory of Bioorganic Phosphorus Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Received: 18 July 2017 / Revised: 21 August 2017 / Accepted: 22 August 2017 / Published: 13 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Materials Based Sensors and the Application)
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The enrichment of low-abundance proteins in complex biological samples plays an important role in clinical diagnostics and biomedical research. This work reports a novel one-step method for the synthesis of aptamer-modified graphene oxide (GO/Apt) nanocomposites, without introducing the use of gold, for the rapid and specific separation and enrichment of human α-thrombin from buffer solutions with highly concentrated interferences. The obtained GO/Apt nanocomposites had remarkable aptamer immobilization, up to 44.8 nmol/mg. Furthermore, GO/Apt nanocomposites exhibited significant specific enrichment efficiency for human α-thrombin (>90%), even under the presence of 3000-fold interference proteins, which was better than the performance of other nanomaterials. Finally, the GO/Apt nanocomposites were applied in the specific capturing of human α-thrombin in highly concentrated human plasma solutions with negligible nonspecific binding of other proteins, which demonstrated their prospects in rare protein analysis and biosensing applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: aptamer; graphene oxide; α-thrombin enrichment; graphene–oxide hybrid material aptamer; graphene oxide; α-thrombin enrichment; graphene–oxide hybrid material

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Xu, Y.; Tan, S.; Liang, Q.; Ding, M. One-Step Facile Synthesis of Aptamer-Modified Graphene Oxide for Highly Specific Enrichment of Human A-Thrombin in Plasma. Sensors 2017, 17, 1986.

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