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Sensors 2017, 17(3), 480;

Rapid and Sensitive Lateral Flow Immunoassay Method for Procalcitonin (PCT) Based on Time-Resolved Immunochromatography

Institute of Antibody Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Organ Failure Research, School of Laboratory Medicine and Biotechnology, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China
R&D Center, DaRui Biotechnology Co., Ltd., Guangzhou 510655, China
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Academic Editor: Nicole Jaffrezic-Renault
Received: 10 January 2017 / Revised: 24 February 2017 / Accepted: 24 February 2017 / Published: 28 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
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Procalcitonin (PCT) is a current, frequently-used marker for severe bacterial infection. The aim of this study was to develop a cost-effective detection kit for rapid quantitative and on-site detection of PCT. To develop the new PCT quantitative detecting kit, a double-antibody sandwich immunofluorescent assay was employed based on time-resolved immunofluorescent assay (TRFIA) combined with lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA). The performance of the new developed kit was evaluated in the aspects of linearity, precision, accuracy, and specificity. Two-hundred thirty-four serum samples were enrolled to carry out the comparison test. The new PCT quantitative detecting kit exhibited a higher sensitivity (0.08 ng/mL). The inter-assay coefficient of variation (CV) and the intra-assay CV were 5.4%–7.7% and 5.7%–13.4%, respectively. The recovery rates ranged from 93% to 105%. Furthermore, a high correlation (n = 234, r = 0.977, p < 0.0001) and consistency (Kappa = 0.875) were obtained when compared with the PCT kit from Roche Elecsys BRAHMS. Thus, the new quantitative method for detecting PCT has been successfully established. The results indicated that the newly-developed system based on TRFIA combined with LFIA was suitable for rapid and on-site detection for PCT, which might be a useful platform for other biomarkers in point-of-care tests. View Full-Text
Keywords: time-resolved; immunochromatography; procalcitonin (PCT) time-resolved; immunochromatography; procalcitonin (PCT)

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Shao, X.-Y.; Wang, C.-R.; Xie, C.-M.; Wang, X.-G.; Liang, R.-L.; Xu, W.-W. Rapid and Sensitive Lateral Flow Immunoassay Method for Procalcitonin (PCT) Based on Time-Resolved Immunochromatography. Sensors 2017, 17, 480.

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