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Phosphate sensing by fluorescent reporter proteins embedded in polyacrylamide nanoparticles

Sun, Honghao and Scharff-Poulsen, Anne Marie and Gu, Hong and Jakobsen, Iver and Kossmann, Jens M. and Frommer, Wolf B. and Almdal, Kristoffer (2008) Phosphate sensing by fluorescent reporter proteins embedded in polyacrylamide nanoparticles. ACS NANO, 2 (1). pp. 19-24.

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Phosphate sensors were developed by embedding fluorescent reporter proteins (FLIPPi) in polyacrylamide nanoparticles; with diameters from 40 to 120 nm. The sensor activity and protein loading efficiency varied according to nanoparticle composition, that is, the total monomer content (% T) and the cross-linker content (% C). Nanoparticles with 28% T and 20% C were considered optimal as a result of relatively high loading efficiency (50.6%) as well as high protein activity (50%). The experimental results prove that the cross-linked polyacrylamide matrix could protect FLIPPi from degradation by soluble proteases to some extent. This nanoparticle embedding method provides a novel promising tool for in vivo metabolite studies. It also demonstrates a universal method for embedding different fragile bioactive elements, such as antibodies, genes, enzymes, and other functional proteins, in nanoparticles for, for example, sensing, biological catalysis, and gene delivery.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:nanosensor; nanoparticle; phosphate; polyacrylamide; protein
Subjects:Physical Science > Nano objects
Biomedical Science > Nanobiotechnology
Biomedical Science > Nanotechnology for human health
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:1159
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:17 Dec 2008 10:23
Last Modified:20 Jan 2009 10:29

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