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    An integrated, self-contained microfluidic cassette for isolation, amplification, and detection of nucleic acids. Chen Dafeng,Mauk Michael,Qiu Xianbo,Liu Changchun,Kim Jitae,Ramprasad Sudhir,Ongagna Serge,Abrams William R,Malamud Daniel,Corstjens Paul L A M,Bau Haim H Biomedical microdevices A self-contained, integrated, disposable, sample-to-answer, polycarbonate microfluidic cassette for nucleic acid-based detection of pathogens at the point of care was designed, constructed, and tested. The cassette comprises on-chip sample lysis, nucleic acid isolation, enzymatic amplification (polymerase chain reaction and, when needed, reverse transcription), amplicon labeling, and detection. On-chip pouches and valves facilitate fluid flow control. All the liquids and dry reagents needed for the various reactions are pre-stored in the cassette. The liquid reagents are stored in flexible pouches formed on the chip surface. Dry (RT-)PCR reagents are pre-stored in the thermal cycling, reaction chamber. The process operations include sample introduction; lysis of cells and viruses; solid-phase extraction, concentration, and purification of nucleic acids from the lysate; elution of the nucleic acids into a thermal cycling chamber and mixing with pre-stored (RT-)PCR dry reagents; thermal cycling; and detection. The PCR amplicons are labeled with digoxigenin and biotin and transmitted onto a lateral flow strip, where the target analytes bind to a test line consisting of immobilized avidin-D. The immobilized nucleic acids are labeled with up-converting phosphor (UCP) reporter particles. The operation of the cassette is automatically controlled by an analyzer that provides pouch and valve actuation with electrical motors and heating for the thermal cycling. The functionality of the device is demonstrated by detecting the presence of bacterial B.Cereus, viral armored RNA HIV, and HIV I virus in saliva samples. The cassette and actuator described here can be used to detect other diseases as well as the presence of bacterial and viral pathogens in the water supply and other fluids. 10.1007/s10544-010-9423-4
    Disposable nucleic acid biosensors based on gold nanoparticle probes and lateral flow strip. Mao Xun,Ma Yunqing,Zhang Aiguo,Zhang Lurong,Zeng Lingwen,Liu Guodong Analytical chemistry In this article, we describe a disposable nucleic acid biosensor (DNAB) for low-cost and sensitive detection of nucleic acid samples in 15 min. Combining the unique optical properties of gold nanoparticles (Au-NP) and the high efficiency of chromatographic separation, sandwich-type DNA hybridization reactions were realized on the lateral flow strips, which avoid multiple incubation, separation, and washing steps in the conventional nucleic acid biosensors. The captured Au-NP probes on the test zone and control zone of the biosensor produced the characteristic red bands, enabling visual detection of nucleic acid samples without instrumentation. The quantitative detection was performed by reading the intensities of the produced red bands with a portable strip reader. The parameters (e.g., the concentration of reporter probe, the size of Au-NP, the amount of Au-NP-DNA probe, lateral flow membranes, and the concentration of running buffer) that govern the sensitivity and reproducibility of the sensor were optimized. The response of the optimized device is highly linear over the range of 1-100 nM target DNA, and the limit of detection is estimated to be 0.5 nM in association with a 15 min assay time. The sensitivity of the biosensor was further enhanced by using horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-Au-NP dual labels which ensure a quite low detection limit of 50 pM. The DNAB has been applied for the detection of human genomic DNA directly with a detection limit of 2.5 microg/mL (1.25 fM) by adopting well-designed DNA probes. The new nucleic acid biosensor thus provides a rapid, sensitive, low cost, and quantitative tool for the detection of nucleic acid samples. It shows great promise for in-field and point-of-care diagnosis of genetic diseases and detection of infectious agents or warning against biowarfare agents. 10.1021/ac8024653