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Sensors 2015, 15(10), 25831-25867;

Fluorescence-Based Bioassays for the Detection and Evaluation of Food Materials

Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu Sangyo University, 2-3-1 Matsukadai, Kasi-i, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 813-8503, Japan
Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8566, Japan
Scinet Company, 4-21-12 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074, Japan
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Academic Editor: Arun Bhunia
Received: 24 July 2015 / Revised: 28 September 2015 / Accepted: 30 September 2015 / Published: 13 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Food Safety and Quality)
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We summarize here the recent progress in fluorescence-based bioassays for the detection and evaluation of food materials by focusing on fluorescent dyes used in bioassays and applications of these assays for food safety, quality and efficacy. Fluorescent dyes have been used in various bioassays, such as biosensing, cell assay, energy transfer-based assay, probing, protein/immunological assay and microarray/biochip assay. Among the arrays used in microarray/biochip assay, fluorescence-based microarrays/biochips, such as antibody/protein microarrays, bead/suspension arrays, capillary/sensor arrays, DNA microarrays/polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based arrays, glycan/lectin arrays, immunoassay/enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)-based arrays, microfluidic chips and tissue arrays, have been developed and used for the assessment of allergy/poisoning/toxicity, contamination and efficacy/mechanism, and quality control/safety. DNA microarray assays have been used widely for food safety and quality as well as searches for active components. DNA microarray-based gene expression profiling may be useful for such purposes due to its advantages in the evaluation of pathway-based intracellular signaling in response to food materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: fluorescent dye; bioassay; food study; microarray; signaling pathway fluorescent dye; bioassay; food study; microarray; signaling pathway
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Nishi, K.; Isobe, S.-I.; Zhu, Y.; Kiyama, R. Fluorescence-Based Bioassays for the Detection and Evaluation of Food Materials. Sensors 2015, 15, 25831-25867.

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