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Functionalised ZnO-nanorod-based selective electrochemical sensor for intracellular glucose
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6235-7038
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2010 (English)In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 25, no 10, 2205-2211 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we report a functionalised ZnO-nanorod-based selective electrochemical sensor for intracellular glucose. To adjust the sensor for intracellular glucose measurements, we grew hexagonal ZnO nanorods on the tip of a silver-covered borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 mu m diameter) and coated them with the enzyme glucose oxidase. The enzyme-coated ZnO nanorods exhibited a glucose-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus an Ag/AgCl reference microelectrode. The potential difference was linear over the concentration range of interest (0.5-1000 mu M). The measured glucose concentration in human adipocytes or frog oocytes using our ZnO-nanorod sensor was consistent with values of glucose concentration reported in the literature; furthermore, the sensor was able to show that insulin increased the intracellular glucose concentration. This nanoelectrode device demonstrates a simple technique to measure intracellular glucose concentration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. , 2010. Vol. 25, no 10, 2205-2211 p.
Keyword [en]
ZnO nanorods; Functionalisation; Intracellular glucose; Electrochemical sensor
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58381DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2010.02.025ISI: 000278702600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-58381DiVA: diva2:343299
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Original Publication: Muhammad Asif, Syed Usman Ali, Omer Nour, Magnus Willander, Cecilia Brännmark, Peter Strålfors, Ulrika Englund, Fredrik Elinder and Bengt Danielsson, Functionalised ZnO-nanorod-based selective electrochemical sensor for intracellular glucose, 2010, Biosensors & bioelectronics, (25), 10, 2205-2211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2010.02.025 Copyright: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2010-08-13 Created: 2010-08-11 Last updated: 2017-12-12
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1. Zinc Oxide Nanostructure Based Electrochemical Sensors and Drug Delivery to Intracellular Environments
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2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The nanoscale science and nanostructure engineering have well established in the fabrication of novel electrochemical biosensors with faster response and higher sensitivity than of planar sensor configurations. Moreover nanostructures are suggested and used as efficient carrier of photosensitizers for cancerous cell treatment. The semi-conductor zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have attracted much interest because of its unique piezoelectric, polar semiconducting, large surface area, catalytic properties, and being biosafe and biocompatible combined with the easiness of growth. This implies that ZnO nanostructures have a wide range of applications in optoelectronics, sensors, transducers, energy conversion and medical sciences. The aim of this study is to highlight recent developments in materials and techniques for electrochemical biosensing, photodynamic therapy, design, operation, and fabrication. The sensors in this study were used to detect and monitor real changes of metal ions and glucose across human fat cells and frog cells using changes in the electrochemical potential at the interface to the intracellular microenvironments. This thesis relates specifically to “zinc oxide nanostructure based electrochemical sensors and drug delivery to intracellular environments” for biological, biochemical and chemical applications.

The first part of the thesis presents extra and intracellular studies on metal ions such as Ca2+, Mg2+, and Na+…..etc selectively sensed by using ZnO nanorods grown on the tip of a borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 μm in diameter) with the aim to produce proto-type electrochemical extra/intracellular biosensors. The single human adipocyte and frog oocyte cells were used to selectively measure the intracellular free metal ions concentration. To make the sensors selective for metal ions with sufficient selectivity and stability, plastic membrane coatings containing specific ionophores were applied. These functionalized ZnO nanorods sensors showed high sensitivity and good stability with linear electrochemical potential versus a wide metal ion concentration range of interest. The measured intracellular values were consistent with values reported in the literature. Furthermore we have successfully determined that the intracellular potassium (K+) concentration decrease is not obligatory for apoptosis. The aim of this study is to show the possibility of using K+ selective microelectrode to detect and monitor intracellular changes of K+ concentration during injection of various test solution and chemically induced apoptosis in Xenopus laevis oocytes parallel with electrophysiological measurements to verify the accuracy.

The second part, presents the calcium ion (Ca2+) detection using functionalized ZnO nanorods attached as an extended gate metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET). The electrochemical response was coupled directly to the gate of a commercial MOSFET to study the I-V characterization. Here we verified that ZnO nanorods grown on any thin wire can be combined with conventional electronic component to produce a sensitive and selective biosensor.

In the third part, we have performed the experiment to determine glucose concentration intracellularly and in airway surface liquid (ASL) with functionalized ZnO nanorod-coated microelectrodes. In this study, the GOD enzyme was immobilised electrostatically, drawing on the fact that there is a large difference in the isoelectric points of ZnO and glucose oxidase. Insulin has been found to affect the glucose uptake in human adipocytes and frog Xenopus laevis. The large size of these cells makes it possible to microinject specific reagents that interrupt or activate signal transmission to glucose. The measured glucose concentration in human adipocytes or frog oocytes and ASL using our ZnO nanorod sensor was consistent with values of glucose concentration reported in the literature by using other indirect techniques.

The fourth and final part covers the application of ZnO nanorods to cancer cells for photodynamic therapy. The ZnO nanorods were conjugated with protoporphyrin for local mediated photochemistry and efficient treatment of a single cancer cell. The ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient photosensitizer carrier system and at the same time providing intrinsic white light to achieve necrosis of the cancer cell. Breast cancer cells were used to study the catalytic effect of ZnO for treatment. The grown ZnO nanorods were conjugated with protoporphyrin dimethyl ester (PPDME), which absorbs the light emitted by the ZnO nanorods and cause the cytotoxicity which appears to involve the generation of reactive singlet oxygen inside the cell.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 64 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1376
Keyword
ZnO nanorods, Intracellular electrochemical sensor, Functionalization, Metal ions, Glucose, Human Adipocytes, Frog Oocytes, Airway surface liquid
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Natural Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68856 (URN)978-91-7393-142-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-09-02, K3, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-06-08 Created: 2011-06-08 Last updated: 2014-01-15Bibliographically approved
2. Fabrication and characterization of ZnO nanostructures for sensing and photonic device applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fabrication and characterization of ZnO nanostructures for sensing and photonic device applications
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Nanotechnology is an emerging inter-disciplinary paradigm which encompasses diverse fields of science and engineering converge at the nanoscale. This nanoscale science and nanostructure engineering have well demonstrated in the fabrication of sensors/transducers devices with faster response time and better sensitivity then the planer version of the sensor’s configurations. Nanotechnology is not just to grow/fabricate nanostructures by just mixing nanoscale materials together but it requires the ability to understand and to precisely manipulate and control of the developed nanomaterials in a useful way. Nanotechnology is aiding to substantially improve, even revolutionize, many technology and industry sectors like information technology, energy, environmental science, medicine/medical instrumentation, homeland security, food safety, and transportation, among many others. Such applications of nanotechnology are delivering in both expected and unexpected ways on nanotechnology’s promise to benefit the society.

The semiconductor ZnO with wide band gap (~ 3.37 eV) is a distinguish and unique material and its nanostructures have attracted great attention among the researchers due to its peculiar properties such as large exciton binding energy (60 meV) at room temperature, the high electron mobility, high thermal conductivity, good transparency and easiness of fabricating it in the different type of nanostructures. Based on all these fascinating properties, ZnO have been chosen as a suitable material for the fabrication of photonic, transducers/sensors, piezoelectric, transparent and spin electronics devices etc. The objective of the current study is to highlight the recent developments in materials and techniques for electrochemical sensing and hetrostructure light emitting diodes (LEDs) luminescence properties based on the different ZnO nanostructures. The sensor devices fabricated and characterized in the work were applied to determine and monitor the real changes of the chemical or biochemical species. We have successfully demonstrated the application of our fabricated devices as primary transducers/sensors for the determination of extracellular glucose and the glucose inside the human fat cells and frog cells using the potentiometric technique. Moreover, the fabricated ZnO based nanosensors have also been applied for the selective determination of uric acid, urea and metal ions successfully. This thesis relates specifically to zinc oxide nanostructure based electrochemical sensors and photonic device (LED) applications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. 76 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1412
Keyword
Nanotechnology, zinc oxide, nanowires/ nanorods, nanotubes, nanoporous/nanoflakes, electrochemical sensor and photonic devices
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72774 (URN)978-91-7393-015-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-01-17, K3, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-12-07 Created: 2011-12-07 Last updated: 2014-01-15Bibliographically approved

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