Generic surface modification strategy for sensing applications based on Au/SiO2 nanostructures

Rodolphe Marie, Andreas B. Dahlin, Jonas O. Tegenfeldt, Fredrik Hook

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A generic protocol for the creation of material-mediated self-assembled patterns of streptavidin, defined solely by patterns of gold and SiO2, is presented. Protein-adsorption resistance of selected regions was obtained by material-specific adsorption of thiol-modified polyethyleneglycol thiol-PEG on gold followed by adsorption of poly-L-lysine PLL modified PEG PLL-g-PEG on SiO2. Selective streptavidin binding to either gold or SiO2 or both was ensured by introducing biotin-modified thiolated thiol-biotin and/or biotin-modified PLL-g-PEG PLL-g-PEGbiotin compounds. The introduction of biotin did not influence the protein-adsorption resistance. On the macroscopic scale, the protein-adsorption-resistant properties and the streptavidin-binding capacity were optimized using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring. The reproduction of micrometer-scale gold patterns on SiO2 into patterns of streptavidin was verified using fluorescence microscopy, while the compatibility of the material-specific surface-modification strategy with nanoscale features was accomplished by modifying a localized surface plasmon resonance LSPR active template, defined by randomly distributed nanoapertures in a thin gold film on SiO2. The demonstrated compatibility of the latter substrate with LSPR-based label-free sensing of biorecognition reactions, combined with the fact that all compounds utilized are commercially available, makes the surface-modification protocol attractive as a generic surface modification solution for a broad range of biorecognition-based assays.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)49-55
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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