Special Issue "Hydrogel-Based Sensors for Biomedical Applications"

A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021) | Viewed by 1034

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Ruchi Gupta
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School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Interests: hydrogels; optical sensors; microfluidics; micro-/nano-fabrication; sample processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on the sensing mechanism and performance of hydrogel-based sensors along with their healthcare and biomedical applications.

There has been widespread interest in portable in vitro, wearable, and implantable sensors where the use of hydrogels is particularly attractive owing to their low toxicity, reduced biofouling, biocomptability, and ability to conform to body contours. Hydrogels have been utilised in these sensors in the form of stimuli-responsive materials or as scaffolds for hosting recognition elements such as antibodies, aptamers, and enzymes. Such hydrogel-based sensors rely on changes in refractive index, colour, geometry, and electrical conductance to measure a wide variety of analytes, including proteins, DNA, hormones, ions, and carbohydrates. Analytes have been measured in biological fluids, such as blood, saliva, tears, sweat, and urine, to enable disease diagnosis and prognosis for personalised medicine and closed-loop therapeutics.

We look forward to receiving your contributions to this Special Issue.

Dr. Ruchi Gupta
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • hydrogels
  • sensors
  • point-of-care
  • wearable
  • implantable
  • biomedical
  • healthcare

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Stable DNA Aptamer–Metal–Organic Framework as Horseradish Peroxidase Mimic for Ultra-Sensitive Detection of Carcinoembryonic Antigen in Serum
Gels 2021, 7(4), 181; https://doi.org/10.3390/gels7040181 - 25 Oct 2021
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Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is an important broad-spectrum tumor marker. For CEA detection, a novel type of metal–organic framework (MOF) was prepared by grafting CEA aptamer-incorporated DNA tetrahedral (TDN) nanostructures into PCN-222 (Fe)-based MOF (referred as CEAapt-TDN-MOF colloid nanorods). The synthesized CEA [...] Read more.
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is an important broad-spectrum tumor marker. For CEA detection, a novel type of metal–organic framework (MOF) was prepared by grafting CEA aptamer-incorporated DNA tetrahedral (TDN) nanostructures into PCN-222 (Fe)-based MOF (referred as CEAapt-TDN-MOF colloid nanorods). The synthesized CEAapt-TDN-MOF is a very stable detection system due to the vertex phosphorylated TDN structure at the interface, possessing a one-year shelf-life. Moreover, it exhibits a significant horseradish peroxidase mimicking activity due to the iron porphyrin ring, which leads to a colorimetric reaction upon binding toward antibody-captured CEA. Using this method, we successfully achieved the highly specific and ultra-sensitive detection of CEA with a limit of detection as low as 3.3 pg/mL. In addition, this method can detect and analyze the target proteins in clinical serum samples, effectively identify the difference between normal individuals and patients with colon cancer, and provide a new method for the clinical diagnosis of tumors, demonstrating a great application potential. Full article
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