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Nanomechanical Cantilever-Based Sensor: An Efficient Tool to Measure the Binding Between the Herbicide Mesotrione and 4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate Dioxygenase

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Rodrigues, L. F. ; Ierich, J. C. M. ; Andrade, M. A. ; Hausen, M. A. ; Leite, F. L. ; Moreau, Alberto L. D. ; Steffens, Clarice
Total Authors: 7
Document type: Journal article
Source: NANO; v. 12, n. 7 JUL 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 3

Nanomechanical biosensors based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) cantilevers have garnered considerable attention. AFM cantilevers are devices that can detect a target either via a surface functionalization process based on immobilization through molecular adsorption, or through the selective chemical binding of a specific molecule, transforming the device into a specific biosensor. In this study, we demonstrate that functionalized AFM cantilevers could be used, in a process involving self-assembling layers, to create a homogeneous surface layer of the widely used herbicide mesotrione. Controlled experiments to evaluate its detection were performed, and binding between mesotrione and its target molecule, 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD), was evaluated using deflection curves of functionalized cantilevers interacting with mesotrione. The cantilevers worked as nanomechanical sensors inside a fluid cell device, under different concentrations of HPPD diluted in PBS. After evaluating increasing concentrations of HPPD, the deflection curves showed a clear, dose-dependent pattern. The homogeneous dispersion of mesotrione on the cantilevers was assessed by confocal microscopy, and this corroborated the functionalization method. Thus, the results obtained by this functionalized cantilever presented a high efficiency in detecting binding between HPPD and mesotrione molecules at concentrations as low as 17 ng mL(-1). In this way, as a preliminary step for a future environmental contaminants nanosensor development, the described detection method showed a suitable capability for molecular recognition at the nanoscale. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/12082-4 - Molecular modeling of the antigen-antibody complex to the investigations of autoimmune demyelinating diseases
Grantee:Jéssica Cristiane Magalhães Ierich
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate