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  • 1.
    Amin, Gul
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Elsharif Zainelabdin, Ahmed
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zaman, Siama
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    CuO Nanopetals Based Electrochemical Sensor for Selective Ag+ Measurements2012In: SENSOR LETTERS, ISSN 1546-198X, Vol. 10, no 3-4, p. 754-759Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The electrochemical sensing activity of cupric oxide (CuO) nanopetals was investigated for the detection of silver (I) ions (Ag+). The CuO nanopetals were synthesized on a large area glass substrate by a low-temperature hydrothermal growth process. Structural morphological investigations were carried out using field emission scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. To check the sensing application of the CuO nanopetals, it was functionalized for selectivity of Ag+. A polymeric membrane with Ag+-selective ionophore was coated on the surface of the CuO nanopetals. CuO nanopetals reveal excellent electrochemical sensing behavior in aqueous solution to selectively detect Ag+. The CuO based sensor exhibits a linear electrochemical response within the concentration range of 1 mu M to 100 mM. The functionalized CuO nanopetal based sensor show stable, fast response and high sensitivity for [Ag+]. This work demonstrates a simple technique for sensitive detection of Ag+ and other biochemical species.

  • 2.
    Amin, Gul
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zainelabdin, Ahmed
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zaman, Siama
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    CuO Nanopetals Based Electrochemical Sensor for Selective Ag+ MeasurementsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The electrochemical sensing activity of cupric oxide (CuO) nanopetals was investigated for the detection of silver (I) ions (Ag+. The CuO nanopetals were synthesized on a large area glass substrate by a low-temperature hydrothermal growth process. Structural morphological investigations were carried out using field emission scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. To check the sensing application of the CuO nanopetals, it was functionalized for selectivity of Ag+. A polymeric membrane with Ag+-selective ionophore was coated on the surface of the CuO nanopetals. CuO nanopetals reveal excellent electrochemical sensing behavior in aqueous solution to selectively detect Ag+. The CuO based sensor exhibits a linear electrochemical response within the concentration range of 1 μM to 100 mM. The functionalized CuO nanopetal based sensor show stable, fast response and high sensitivity for [Ag+]. This work demonstrates a simple technique for sensitive detection of Ag+ and other biochemical species.

  • 3.
    Amin, Gul
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zainelabdin, Ahmed
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zaman, Siama
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Influence of pH, Precursor Concentration, Growth Time, and Temperature on the Morphology of ZnO Nanostructures Grown by the Hydrothermal Method2011In: Journal of Nanomaterials, ISSN 1687-4110, E-ISSN 1687-4129, no 269692Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigated the influence of the pH value, precursor concentration (C), growth time and temperature on the morphology of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures. The pH of the starting solution was varied from1.8 to 12.5. It was found that the final pH reaches an inherent value of 6.6 independently of the initial pH solution. Various ZnO structures of nanotetrapod-like, flower-like, and urchin-like morphology were obtained at alkaline pH (8 to 12.5) whereas for pH solution lower than 8 rod-like nanostructures occurred. Moreover, we observed the erosion of the nanorods for a pH value less than 4.6. By changing the concentrations the density and size were also varied. On going from a high (C > 400mM) to lower (C < 25mM) C, the resulted ZnO nanostructures change from a film to nanorods (NRs) and finally nanowires (NWs). It was also found that the length and diameter of ZnO NRs follow a linear relation with time up to 10 hours, above which no further increase was observed. Finally the effect of growth temperature was seen as an influence on the aspect ratio.

  • 4.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Electrochemical Biosensors Based on Functionalized Zinc Oxide Nanorods2009Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The semi-conductor zinc oxide (ZnO), a representative of group II-VI has gained substantial interest in the research community due to its novel properties and characteristics. ZnO a direct band gap (3.4eV) semi-conductor has a stable wurtzite structure. Recently ZnO have attracted much interest because of its unique piezoelectric, semiconducting, catalytic properties and being biosafe and biocompatible morphology combined with the easiness of growth. This implies that ZnO has a wide range of applications in optoelectronics, sensors, transducers, energy conversion and medical sciences. This thesis relates specifically to biosensor technology and pertains more particularly to novel biosensors based on multifunctional ZnO nanorods for biological, biochemical and chemical applications.

    The nanoscale science and engineering have found great promise in the fabrication of novel nano-biosensors with faster response and higher sensitivity than of planar sensor configurations. This thesis aims to highlight recent developments in materials and techniques for electrochemical biosensing, design, operation and fabrication. Rapid research growths in biomaterials, especially the availability and applications of a vast range of polymers and copolymers associated with new sensing techniques have led to remarkable innovation in the design and fabrication of biosensors. Specially nanowires/nanorods and due to their small dimensions combined with dramatically increased contact surface and strong binding with biological and chemical reagents will have important applications in biological and biochemical research. The diameter of these nanostructures is usually comparable to the size of the biological and chemical species being sensed, which intuitively makes them represent excellent primary transducers for producing electrical signals. ZnO nanostructures have unique advantages including high surface to volume ratio, nontoxicity, chemical stability, electrochemical activity, and high electron communication features. In addition, ZnO can be grown as vertical nanorods and has high ionic bonding (60%), and they are not very soluble at biological pH-values. All these facts open up for possible sensitive extra/intracellular ion measurements. New developments in biosensor design are appearing at a high rate as these devices play increasingly important roles in daily life. In this thesis we have studied calcium ion selectivity of ZnO nanorods sensors using ionophore membrane coatings in two research directions: first, we have adjusted the sensor with sufficient selectivity especially for Ca2+, and the second is to have enough sensitivity for measuring Ca2+ concentrations in extra and intracellular media. The sensor in this study was used to detect and monitor real changes of Ca2+ across human fat cells and frog cells using changes in the electrochemical potential at the interface in the intracellular microenvironment.

    The first part of the thesis presents extracellular studies on calcium ions selectively by using ZnO nanorods grown on the surface of a silver wire (250 μm in diameter) with the aim to produce proto-type electrochemical biosensors. The ZnO nanorods exhibited a Ca2+-dependent electrochemical potentiometric behavior in an aqueous solution. The potential difference was found to be linear over a large logarithmic concentration range (1μM to 0.1M) using Ag/AgCl as a reference electrode. To make the sensors selective for calcium ions with sufficient selectivity and stability, plastic membrane coatings containing ionophores were applied. These functionalized ZnO nanorods sensors showed a high sensitivity (26.55 mV/decade) and good stability.

    In the second part, the intracellular determination of Ca2+ was performed in two types of cells. For that we have reported functionalized ZnO nanorods grown on the tip of a borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 μm in diameter) used to selectively measure the intracellular free Ca2+ concentration in single human adipocytes and frog oocytes. The sensor exhibited a Ca2+ linear electrochemical potential over a wide Ca2+ concentration range (100 nM to 10 mM). The measurement of the Ca2+ concentration using our ZnO nanorods based sensor in living cells were consistent with values of Ca2+ concentration reported in the literature.

    The third and final part, presents the calcium ion detection functionalized ZnO nanorods coupled as an extended gate metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET). The electrochemical response from the interaction between the ZnO nanorods and Ca2+ in an aqueous solution was coupled directly to the gate of a MOSFET. The sensor exhibited a linear response within the range of interest from 1 μM to 1 mM. Here we demonstrated that ZnO nanorods grown on a silver wire can be combined with conventional electronic component to produce a sensitive and selective biosensor.

    List of papers
    1. Studies on Calcium Ion Selectivity of ZnO Nanowire Sensors Using Ionophore Membrane Coatings
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    2008 (English)In: Research Letters in Nanotechnology, ISSN 1687-6849, Vol. 2008, no Article ID 701813Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Zinc oxide nanorods with 100nm diameter and 900nm length were grown on the surface of a silver wire (0.25mm in diameter)

    with the aim to produce electrochemical nanosensors. It is shown that the ZnO nanorods exhibit a Ca2+-dependent electrochemical

    potentiometric behavior in an aqueous solution. The potential difference was found to be linear over a large logarithmic

    concentration range (1 μM to 0.1 M) using Ag/AgCl as a reference electrode and the response time was less than one minute.

    In order to adapt the sensors for calcium ion measurements in biological fluids with sufficient selectivity and stability, plastic

    membrane coatings containing ionophores were applied. These functionalized ZnO nanorods sensors showed a high sensitivity

    (26.55 mV/decade) and good stability.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2008
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19514 (URN)10.1155/2008/701813 (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-06-25 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2014-01-15Bibliographically approved
    2. Functionalized zinc oxide nanorod with ionophore-membrane coatingas an intracellular Ca2+ selective sensor
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Functionalized zinc oxide nanorod with ionophore-membrane coatingas an intracellular Ca2+ selective sensor
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    2009 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 95, no 2, p. 23703-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The tip of a borosilicate glass capillary with functionalized hexagonal ZnO nanorods was used to make a sensitive electrochemical intracellular Ca2+ sensor. To adjust the sensor for Ca2+ measurements with sufficient selectivity and stability, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane containing Ca2+ ionophores were coated on the surface. The membrane covered ZnO nanorods exhibited a Ca2+-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The potential difference was linear over a large concentration range (100 nM to 10 mM). The measurements of Ca2+ concentrations using our ZnO nanorods sensor in human fat cells or in frog egg cells were consistent with values of Ca2+ concentrations reported in the literature. This nanoelectrode device paves the way to measurements of intracellular biochemical species in specific locations within single living cells.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    EBSCO/American Institute of Physics, 2009
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19516 (URN)10.1063/1.3176441 (DOI)
    Note
    On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Submitted.Available from: 2009-06-25 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved
    3. Selective calcium ion detection with functionalized ZnO nanorods-extendedgate MOSFET
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Selective calcium ion detection with functionalized ZnO nanorods-extendedgate MOSFET
    2009 (English)In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 24, no 11, p. 3379-3382Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Zinc oxide nanorod-extended gate field effect transistor (MOSFET) is demonstrated for the detection of calcium (Ca2+) ions. ZnO nanorods were grown on the surface of a silver wire to produce an electrochemical nanosensor for selectively detecting Ca2+. The electrochemical response from the interaction between the ZnO nanorods and Ca2+ in an aqueous solution is coupled directly to the gate of a field effect transistor (MOSFET). The induced voltage change on the gate results in a measureable current response. In order to adapt the sensors for Ca2+ ions measurements in biological fluids with sufficient selectivity and stability, a plastic membrane coating containing ionophores was applied on the nanorods. The sensor exhibited a linear response within the range of interest from 1 μM to 1 mM. This work demonstrates a simple technique for sensitive detection of Ca2+ ions by efficient transfer of the chemical response directly to a standard electronic component producing a low impedance signal.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    ELSEVIER, 2009
    Keywords
    Calcium ions, electrochemical sensor, ZnO nanorods, MOSFET
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19515 (URN)10.1016/j.bios.2009.04.011 (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-06-25 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
  • 5.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zinc Oxide Nanostructure Based Electrochemical Sensors and Drug Delivery to Intracellular Environments2011Doctoral 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.

    List of papers
    1. Studies on Calcium Ion Selectivity of ZnO Nanowire Sensors Using Ionophore Membrane Coatings
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studies on Calcium Ion Selectivity of ZnO Nanowire Sensors Using Ionophore Membrane Coatings
    Show others...
    2008 (English)In: Research Letters in Nanotechnology, ISSN 1687-6849, Vol. 2008, no Article ID 701813Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Zinc oxide nanorods with 100nm diameter and 900nm length were grown on the surface of a silver wire (0.25mm in diameter)

    with the aim to produce electrochemical nanosensors. It is shown that the ZnO nanorods exhibit a Ca2+-dependent electrochemical

    potentiometric behavior in an aqueous solution. The potential difference was found to be linear over a large logarithmic

    concentration range (1 μM to 0.1 M) using Ag/AgCl as a reference electrode and the response time was less than one minute.

    In order to adapt the sensors for calcium ion measurements in biological fluids with sufficient selectivity and stability, plastic

    membrane coatings containing ionophores were applied. These functionalized ZnO nanorods sensors showed a high sensitivity

    (26.55 mV/decade) and good stability.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2008
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19514 (URN)10.1155/2008/701813 (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-06-25 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2014-01-15Bibliographically approved
    2. Functionalized zinc oxide nanorod with ionophore-membrane coatingas an intracellular Ca2+ selective sensor
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Functionalized zinc oxide nanorod with ionophore-membrane coatingas an intracellular Ca2+ selective sensor
    Show others...
    2009 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 95, no 2, p. 23703-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The tip of a borosilicate glass capillary with functionalized hexagonal ZnO nanorods was used to make a sensitive electrochemical intracellular Ca2+ sensor. To adjust the sensor for Ca2+ measurements with sufficient selectivity and stability, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane containing Ca2+ ionophores were coated on the surface. The membrane covered ZnO nanorods exhibited a Ca2+-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The potential difference was linear over a large concentration range (100 nM to 10 mM). The measurements of Ca2+ concentrations using our ZnO nanorods sensor in human fat cells or in frog egg cells were consistent with values of Ca2+ concentrations reported in the literature. This nanoelectrode device paves the way to measurements of intracellular biochemical species in specific locations within single living cells.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    EBSCO/American Institute of Physics, 2009
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19516 (URN)10.1063/1.3176441 (DOI)
    Note
    On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Submitted.Available from: 2009-06-25 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved
    3. Selective calcium ion detection with functionalized ZnO nanorods-extendedgate MOSFET
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Selective calcium ion detection with functionalized ZnO nanorods-extendedgate MOSFET
    2009 (English)In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 24, no 11, p. 3379-3382Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Zinc oxide nanorod-extended gate field effect transistor (MOSFET) is demonstrated for the detection of calcium (Ca2+) ions. ZnO nanorods were grown on the surface of a silver wire to produce an electrochemical nanosensor for selectively detecting Ca2+. The electrochemical response from the interaction between the ZnO nanorods and Ca2+ in an aqueous solution is coupled directly to the gate of a field effect transistor (MOSFET). The induced voltage change on the gate results in a measureable current response. In order to adapt the sensors for Ca2+ ions measurements in biological fluids with sufficient selectivity and stability, a plastic membrane coating containing ionophores was applied on the nanorods. The sensor exhibited a linear response within the range of interest from 1 μM to 1 mM. This work demonstrates a simple technique for sensitive detection of Ca2+ ions by efficient transfer of the chemical response directly to a standard electronic component producing a low impedance signal.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    ELSEVIER, 2009
    Keywords
    Calcium ions, electrochemical sensor, ZnO nanorods, MOSFET
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19515 (URN)10.1016/j.bios.2009.04.011 (DOI)
    Available from: 2009-06-25 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
    4. Intracellular potassium (K+) concentration decrease is not obligatory for apoptosis
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intracellular potassium (K+) concentration decrease is not obligatory for apoptosis
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    2011 (English)In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 286, no 46, p. 39823-39828Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    K+ efflux is observed as an early event in the apoptotic process in various cell types. Loss of intracellular K+ and subsequent reduction in ionic strength is suggested to release the inhibition of proapoptotic caspases. In this work, a new K+-specific microelectrode was used to study possible alterations in intracellular K+ in Xenopus laevis oocytes during chemically induced apoptosis. The accuracy of the microelectrode to detect changes in intracellular K+ was verified with parallel electrophysiological measurements within the same cells. In concordance with previous studies on other cell types, apoptotic stimuli reduced the intracellular K+ concentration in Xenopus oocytes and increased caspase-3 activity. The reduction in intracellular K+ was prevented by dense expression of voltage-gated K (Kv) channels. Despite this, the caspase-3 activity was increased similarly in Kv channel expressing oocytes as in oocytes not expressing Kv channels. Thus, in Xenopus oocytes caspase-3 activity is not dependent on the intracellular concentration of K+.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2011
    Keywords
    Caspase-3 activation, Electrophysiology, Intracellular K+ concentrations, K+-selective microelectrode, Xenopus laevis oocytes
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68853 (URN)10.1074/jbc.M111.262725 (DOI)000296925700016 ()
    Note
    Funding agencies|Swedish Research Council||Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation||Swedish Brain Foundation||County Council of Ostergotland, King Gustaf V and Queen Victorias Freemasons Foundation||Swedish Society for Medical Research||Available from: 2011-06-08 Created: 2011-06-08 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved
    5. Functionalised ZnO-nanorod-based selective electrochemical sensor for intracellular glucose
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Functionalised ZnO-nanorod-based selective electrochemical sensor for intracellular glucose
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    2010 (English)In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 25, no 10, p. 2205-2211Article 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
    Keywords
    ZnO nanorods; Functionalisation; Intracellular glucose; Electrochemical sensor
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58381 (URN)10.1016/j.bios.2010.02.025 (DOI)000278702600004 ()
    Note
    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: 2018-01-25
    6. In situ quantification of glucose concentration in airway surface liquid with functionalized ZnO nanorod-coated microelectrodes
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>In situ quantification of glucose concentration in airway surface liquid with functionalized ZnO nanorod-coated microelectrodes
    (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The surface of the airways that conduct gases into and out of the lungs has components that are crucial in protecting the host from inhaled and aspirated pathogens. The thin (4-7µm height) layer of airway surface liquid (ASL) that lines the airways has physicochemical properties that are important for normal function of these antimicrobial components. Among these properties, low glucose concentration is required for normal antimicrobial activity. Current methods for assessing the ASL have important flaws (temporal resolution, dilution factors, collection volume), which have been a recurring obstacle for understanding diseases in which ASL composition is abnormal. To circumvent these problems, microelectrodes coated with ZnO nanorods and immobilized glucose oxidase was used to determine glucose concentration in ASL of well-differentiated cultures of human airway epithelia. The sensor responded to glucose linearly over a concentration range of 0.128 to 8mM and the effects of electroactive interferents were minimal. The measured concentration of glucose in ASL was consistent with values previously reported. This method confirms the presence of a transepithelial glucose concentration gradient in human airway epithelia and is an important step towards characterizing the physicochemical properties of ASL and understanding diseases caused by changes in ASL composition.

    Keywords
    Zinc Oxide, Mucosa, Lung, Electrode, Glucose
    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68854 (URN)
    Available from: 2011-06-08 Created: 2011-06-08 Last updated: 2014-01-15Bibliographically approved
    7. Intracellular ZnO Nanorods Conjugated with Protoporphyrin for Local Mediated Photochemistry and Efficient Treatment of Single Cancer Cell
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intracellular ZnO Nanorods Conjugated with Protoporphyrin for Local Mediated Photochemistry and Efficient Treatment of Single Cancer Cell
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    2010 (English)In: NANOSCALE RESEARCH LETTERS, ISSN 1931-7573, Vol. 5, no 10, p. 1669-1674Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    ZnO nanorods (NRs) with high surface area to volume ratio and biocompatibility is used as an efficient photosensitizer carrier system and at the same time providing intrinsic white light needed to achieve cancer cell necrosis. In this letter, ZnO nanorods used for the treatment of breast cancer cell (T47D) are presented. To adjust the sample for intracellular experiments, we have grown the ZnO nanorods on the tip of borosilicate glass capillaries (0.5 mu m diameter) by aqueous chemical growth technique. The grown ZnO nanorods were conjugated using protoporphyrin dimethyl ester (PPDME), which absorbs the light emitted by the ZnO nanorods. Mechanism of cytotoxicity appears to involve the generation of singlet oxygen inside the cell. The novel findings of cell-localized toxicity indicate a potential application of PPDME-conjugated ZnO NRs in the necrosis of breast cancer cell within few minutes.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Springer Science Business Media, 2010
    Keywords
    ZnO nanorods, Cancer cell necrosis, Photodynamic therapy, Protoporphyrin dimethyl ester
    National Category
    Engineering and Technology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61180 (URN)10.1007/s11671-010-9693-z (DOI)000283124800022 ()21076704 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2010-11-05 Created: 2010-11-05 Last updated: 2014-09-25
    8. Growth and Structure of ZnO Nanorods on a Sub-Micrometer Glass Pipette and Their Application as Intracellular Potentiometric Selective Ion Sensors
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Growth and Structure of ZnO Nanorods on a Sub-Micrometer Glass Pipette and Their Application as Intracellular Potentiometric Selective Ion Sensors
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    2010 (English)In: Materials, ISSN 1996-1944, Vol. 3, p. 4657-4667Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the growth and structure of ZnO nanorods on a sub-micrometer glass pipette and their application as an intracellular selective ion sensor. Highly oriented, vertical and aligned ZnO nanorods were grown on the tip of a borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 μm in diameter) by the low temperature aqueous chemical growth (ACG) technique. The relatively large surface-to-volume ratio of ZnO nanorods makes them attractive for electrochemical sensing. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that ZnO nanorods are single crystals and grow along the crystal’s c-axis. The ZnO nanorods were functionalized with a polymeric membrane for selective intracellular measurements of Na

     

    +. The membrane-coated ZnO nanorods exhibited a Na+-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus

    an Ag/AgCl reference micro-electrode within a wide concentration range from 0.5 mM to 100 mM. The fabrication of functionalized ZnO nanorods paves the way to sense a wide range of biochemical species at the intracellular level.

    National Category
    Natural Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64303 (URN)10.3390/ma3094657 (DOI)
    Available from: 2011-01-21 Created: 2011-01-18 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved
  • 6.
    Asif, Muhammad
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. COMSATS institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Electrochemical Biosensors Based on ZnO Nanostructures to Measure Intracellular Metal Ions and Glucose2011In: Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques, ISSN 2155-9872, Vol. S7, no 003, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have attracted much interest for intracellular electrochemical measurements because of its large surface area, and its biocompatible properties. To design intracellular biosensors for metal ions and glucose, we grew ZnO nanorods on the tip of borosilicate glass capillaries (0.7μm in diameter) and characterized the nano-scale structure with field-emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The ZnO nanorods were functionalized accordingly for intracellular free metal ions or glucose measurements. Selectivity was achieved by using a metal-ion selective plastic membrane or glucose oxidase enzyme for glucose measurements. These functionalized ZnO nanorods showed high sensitivity and good biocompatibility for intracellular environments. Human adipocytes and frog oocytes were used for determinations of intracellular free metal ions and glucose concentrations. In this review, we discuss the simple and direct approach for intracellular measurements using ZnO nanostructure-based potentiometric biosensors for clinical and non-clinical applications. The performance of ZnO nanostructure-based intracellular sensor can be improved through engineering of morphology, effective surface area, functionality, and adsorption/desorption capability. This study paves the way to find applications in biomedicine by using this simple and miniaturized biosensing device

  • 7.
    Asif, Muhammad H
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fulati, Alimujiang
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nor, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Johansson, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Börjesson, Sara I.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Functionalized zinc oxide nanorod with ionophore-membrane coatingas an intracellular Ca2+ selective sensor2009In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 95, no 2, p. 23703-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The tip of a borosilicate glass capillary with functionalized hexagonal ZnO nanorods was used to make a sensitive electrochemical intracellular Ca2+ sensor. To adjust the sensor for Ca2+ measurements with sufficient selectivity and stability, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane containing Ca2+ ionophores were coated on the surface. The membrane covered ZnO nanorods exhibited a Ca2+-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The potential difference was linear over a large concentration range (100 nM to 10 mM). The measurements of Ca2+ concentrations using our ZnO nanorods sensor in human fat cells or in frog egg cells were consistent with values of Ca2+ concentrations reported in the literature. This nanoelectrode device paves the way to measurements of intracellular biochemical species in specific locations within single living cells.

  • 8.
    Asif, Muhammad H.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Brännmark, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Englund, Ulrika H
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Lu, Jun
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Hultman, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Growth and Structure of ZnO Nanorods on a Sub-Micrometer Glass Pipette and Their Application as Intracellular Potentiometric Selective Ion Sensors2010In: Materials, ISSN 1996-1944, Vol. 3, p. 4657-4667Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the growth and structure of ZnO nanorods on a sub-micrometer glass pipette and their application as an intracellular selective ion sensor. Highly oriented, vertical and aligned ZnO nanorods were grown on the tip of a borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 μm in diameter) by the low temperature aqueous chemical growth (ACG) technique. The relatively large surface-to-volume ratio of ZnO nanorods makes them attractive for electrochemical sensing. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that ZnO nanorods are single crystals and grow along the crystal’s c-axis. The ZnO nanorods were functionalized with a polymeric membrane for selective intracellular measurements of Na

     

    +. The membrane-coated ZnO nanorods exhibited a Na+-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus

    an Ag/AgCl reference micro-electrode within a wide concentration range from 0.5 mM to 100 mM. The fabrication of functionalized ZnO nanorods paves the way to sense a wide range of biochemical species at the intracellular level.

  • 9.
    Asif, Muhammad H
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Usman Ali, Syed M
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Brännmark, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Englund H, Ulrika
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Danielsson, Bengt
    Pure and Applied Biochemistry, Lund University, Box 124, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden.
    Functionalised ZnO-nanorod-based selective electrochemical sensor for intracellular glucose2010In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 25, no 10, p. 2205-2211Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

  • 10.
    Asif, Muhammad H.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Danielsson, Bengt
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Zinc Oxide Nanorods and their Application to Intracellular Glucose Measurements2012In: Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine in Diabetes / [ed] Lan-Anh Le, Ross J. Hunter, Victor R. Preedy, CRC Press, 2012, p. 126-146Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Asif, Muhammad
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Danielsson, B.
    Department of Pure and Applied Biochemistry, Lund University, Box 124, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.
    Selective calcium ion detection with functionalized ZnO nanorods-extendedgate MOSFET2009In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 24, no 11, p. 3379-3382Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Zinc oxide nanorod-extended gate field effect transistor (MOSFET) is demonstrated for the detection of calcium (Ca2+) ions. ZnO nanorods were grown on the surface of a silver wire to produce an electrochemical nanosensor for selectively detecting Ca2+. The electrochemical response from the interaction between the ZnO nanorods and Ca2+ in an aqueous solution is coupled directly to the gate of a field effect transistor (MOSFET). The induced voltage change on the gate results in a measureable current response. In order to adapt the sensors for Ca2+ ions measurements in biological fluids with sufficient selectivity and stability, a plastic membrane coating containing ionophores was applied on the nanorods. The sensor exhibited a linear response within the range of interest from 1 μM to 1 mM. This work demonstrates a simple technique for sensitive detection of Ca2+ ions by efficient transfer of the chemical response directly to a standard electronic component producing a low impedance signal.

  • 12.
    Asif, Muhammad
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Yakovleva, M.
    Department of Pure and Applied Biochemistry, Lund University, P.O. Box 124, 221 00 Lund, Sweden.
    Danielsson, B.
    Department of Pure and Applied Biochemistry, Lund University, P.O. Box 124, 221 00 Lund, Sweden.
    Studies on Calcium Ion Selectivity of ZnO Nanowire Sensors Using Ionophore Membrane Coatings2008In: Research Letters in Nanotechnology, ISSN 1687-6849, Vol. 2008, no Article ID 701813Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Zinc oxide nanorods with 100nm diameter and 900nm length were grown on the surface of a silver wire (0.25mm in diameter)

    with the aim to produce electrochemical nanosensors. It is shown that the ZnO nanorods exhibit a Ca2+-dependent electrochemical

    potentiometric behavior in an aqueous solution. The potential difference was found to be linear over a large logarithmic

    concentration range (1 μM to 0.1 M) using Ag/AgCl as a reference electrode and the response time was less than one minute.

    In order to adapt the sensors for calcium ion measurements in biological fluids with sufficient selectivity and stability, plastic

    membrane coatings containing ionophores were applied. These functionalized ZnO nanorods sensors showed a high sensitivity

    (26.55 mV/decade) and good stability.

  • 13.
    Asif, Muhammad
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Usman Ali, Syed
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Englund, Ulrika
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Functionalized ZnO nanorod-based selective magnesium ion sensor for intracellular measurements2010In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 1118-1123Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ZnO nanorods were grown on a silver-coated tip of a borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 mu m in tip diameter) and used as selective potentiometric sensor of intracellular free Mg2+. To functionalize the ZnO nanorods for selectivity of Mg2+, a polymeric membrane with Mg2+-selective ionophores were coated on the surface of the ZnO nanorods. These functionalized ZnO nanorods exhibited a Mg2+-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus an Ag/AgCl reference microelectrode within the concentration range from 500 nM to 100 mM. Two types of cells, human adipocytes and frog oocytes, were used for the intracellular Mg2+ measurements. The intracellular concentration of free Mg2+ in human adipocytes and frog oocytes were 0.4-0.5 and 0.8-0.9 mM, respectively. Such type of nanoelectrode device paves the way to enable analytical measurements in single living cells and to sense other bio-chemical species at the intracellular level.

  • 14.
    Börjesson, Sara I.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Englund, Ulrika H.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Asif, Muhammad H.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Intracellular potassium (K+) concentration decrease is not obligatory for apoptosis2011In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 286, no 46, p. 39823-39828Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    K+ efflux is observed as an early event in the apoptotic process in various cell types. Loss of intracellular K+ and subsequent reduction in ionic strength is suggested to release the inhibition of proapoptotic caspases. In this work, a new K+-specific microelectrode was used to study possible alterations in intracellular K+ in Xenopus laevis oocytes during chemically induced apoptosis. The accuracy of the microelectrode to detect changes in intracellular K+ was verified with parallel electrophysiological measurements within the same cells. In concordance with previous studies on other cell types, apoptotic stimuli reduced the intracellular K+ concentration in Xenopus oocytes and increased caspase-3 activity. The reduction in intracellular K+ was prevented by dense expression of voltage-gated K (Kv) channels. Despite this, the caspase-3 activity was increased similarly in Kv channel expressing oocytes as in oocytes not expressing Kv channels. Thus, in Xenopus oocytes caspase-3 activity is not dependent on the intracellular concentration of K+.

  • 15.
    Fulati, Alimujiang
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Usman Ali, Syed M.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad H.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Pakistan.
    Hassan Alvi, Naveed Ul
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Brännmark, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Börjesson, Sara I.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Danielsson, Bengt
    Lund University, Sweden.
    An intracellular glucose biosensor based on nanoflake ZnO2010In: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, E-ISSN 1873-3077, Vol. 150, no 2, p. 673-680Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, an improved potentiometric intracellular glucose biosensor was fabricated with immobilization of glucose oxidase on a ZnO nanoporous material. The ZnO nanoporous material with a wall thickness around 200 nm was grown on the tip of a borosilicate glass capillary and used as a selective intracellular glucose sensor for the measurement of glucose concentrations in human adipocytes and frog oocytes. The results showed a fast response within 4 s and a linear glucosedependent electrochemical response over a wide range of glucose concentration (500 nM-10 mM). The measurements of intracellular glucose concentrations with our biosensor were consistent with the values of intracellular glucose concentrations reported in the literature. The sensor also demonstrated its capability by detecting an increase in the intracellular glucose concentration induced by insulin. We found that the ZnO nanoporous material provides sensitivity as high as 1.8 times higher than that obtained using ZnO nanorods under the same conditions. Moreover, the fabrication method in our experiment is simple and the excellent performance of the developed nanosensor in sensitivity, stability, selectivity, reproducibility and anti-interference was achieved. All these advantageous features of this intracellular glucose biosensor based on functionalised ZnO nanoporous material compared to ZnO nanorods demonstrate a promising way of enhancing glucose biosensor performance to measure reliable intracellular glucose concentrations within single living cells.

  • 16.
    Pezzulo, Alejandro A.
    et al.
    Department of Internal Medicine. Carver College of Medicine. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, U.S.A..
    Asif, Muhammad H.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zabner, Joseph
    Department of Internal Medicine. Carver College of Medicine. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, U.S.A..
    In situ quantification of glucose concentration in airway surface liquid with functionalized ZnO nanorod-coated microelectrodesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The surface of the airways that conduct gases into and out of the lungs has components that are crucial in protecting the host from inhaled and aspirated pathogens. The thin (4-7µm height) layer of airway surface liquid (ASL) that lines the airways has physicochemical properties that are important for normal function of these antimicrobial components. Among these properties, low glucose concentration is required for normal antimicrobial activity. Current methods for assessing the ASL have important flaws (temporal resolution, dilution factors, collection volume), which have been a recurring obstacle for understanding diseases in which ASL composition is abnormal. To circumvent these problems, microelectrodes coated with ZnO nanorods and immobilized glucose oxidase was used to determine glucose concentration in ASL of well-differentiated cultures of human airway epithelia. The sensor responded to glucose linearly over a concentration range of 0.128 to 8mM and the effects of electroactive interferents were minimal. The measured concentration of glucose in ASL was consistent with values previously reported. This method confirms the presence of a transepithelial glucose concentration gradient in human airway epithelia and is an important step towards characterizing the physicochemical properties of ASL and understanding diseases caused by changes in ASL composition.

  • 17.
    Qadir Israr, Muhammed
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Rana Sadaf, Jamil
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Danielsson, B.
    Lund University.
    Potentiometric cholesterol biosensor based on ZnO nanorods chemically grown on Ag wire2010In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 519, no 3, p. 1106-1109Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An electrochemical biosensor based on ZnO nanorods for potentiometric cholesterol determination is proposed. Hexagon-shaped ZnO nanorods were directly grown on a silver wire having a diameter of 250 mu m using low temperature aqueous chemical approach that produced ZnO nanorods with a diameter of 125250 nm and a length of similar to 1 mu m. Cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) was immobilized by a physical adsorption method onto ZnO nanorods. The electrochemical response of the ChOx/ZnO/Ag biosensor against a standard reference electrode (Ag/AgCl) was investigated as a logarithmic function of the cholesterol concentration (1 x 10(-6)M to 1 x 10(-2)M) showing good linearity with a sensitivity of 35.2 mV per decade and the stable output signal was attained at around 10 s.

  • 18.
    Sultana, Kishwar
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Larsson, Per-Olof
    Lund University.
    Intracellular ZnO Nanorods Conjugated with Protoporphyrin for Local Mediated Photochemistry and Efficient Treatment of Single Cancer Cell2010In: NANOSCALE RESEARCH LETTERS, ISSN 1931-7573, Vol. 5, no 10, p. 1669-1674Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ZnO nanorods (NRs) with high surface area to volume ratio and biocompatibility is used as an efficient photosensitizer carrier system and at the same time providing intrinsic white light needed to achieve cancer cell necrosis. In this letter, ZnO nanorods used for the treatment of breast cancer cell (T47D) are presented. To adjust the sample for intracellular experiments, we have grown the ZnO nanorods on the tip of borosilicate glass capillaries (0.5 mu m diameter) by aqueous chemical growth technique. The grown ZnO nanorods were conjugated using protoporphyrin dimethyl ester (PPDME), which absorbs the light emitted by the ZnO nanorods. Mechanism of cytotoxicity appears to involve the generation of singlet oxygen inside the cell. The novel findings of cell-localized toxicity indicate a potential application of PPDME-conjugated ZnO NRs in the necrosis of breast cancer cell within few minutes.

  • 19.
    ul Hasan, Kamran
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad H.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sandberg, Mats O.
    Acreo AB, Norrköping, Sweden.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fagerholm, Siri
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Graphene-based Biosensor for Intracellular Glucose MeasurementsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we report a novel graphene-based glucose micro sensor for measuring intracellular glucose. A borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 um diameter) is coated first with a graphene ink and then with a graphene-enzyme conjugate. The functional groups, presumably on the edge plane of graphene, assist binding with the free amine terminals of the glucose oxidase enzyme to result in a better immobilization. The as-prepared graphene biosensor exhibits a glucose-dependent electrochemical potential difference versus an Ag/AgCl reference microelectrode. The potential difference is linear over the concentration range of interest (10–1000μM). The measured glucose concentration in human adipocytes by using our graphene based sensor is consistent with reported values of glucose concentration. This device demonstrates a simple technique to measure intracellular glucose concentration.

  • 20.
    ul Hasan, Kamran
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad H.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Needle-Type Glucose Sensor Based on Functionalized Graphene2012In: Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, ISSN 2155-6210, Vol. 3, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate a novel, highly efficient glucose sensor based on functionalized graphene. Glucose oxidase (GOD) immobilization has been apprehendedbythe direct interaction between carboxyl acid groups of the reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and amines of GOD together with the electrostatic interactions existing between the positively charged polymeric ionic liquid (PIL) and GOD. This combined system can provide a favorable microenvironment for the GOD to retain its good bioactivity. The enzyme-coated graphene biosensor exhibited glucose-dependent electrochemical measurements against an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The resulting sensor show broad range detection, up to 100 mM glucose concentration, with a sensitivity of 5.59 μA/ decade. It was found that glucose biosensor based on functionalized graphene can be seen as an effective candidate for the detection of sugar concentration in clinical diagnoses.

  • 21.
    ul Hasan, Kamran
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. CESAT, Islamabad, Pakistan.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. COMSATS Institute Informat Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
    Umair Hassan, Muhammad
    COMSATS Institute Informat Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
    Sandberg, Mats O.
    Acreo AB, Norrköping, Sweden.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fagerholm, Siri
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    A Miniature Graphene-based Biosensor for Intracellular Glucose Measurements2015In: Electrochimica Acta, ISSN 0013-4686, E-ISSN 1873-3859, Vol. 174, p. 574-580Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on a small and simple graphene-based potentiometric sensor for the measurement of intracellular glucose concentration. A fine borosilicate glass capillary coated with graphene and subsequently immobilized with glucose oxidase (GOD) enzyme is inserted into the intracellular environment of a single human cell. The functional groups on the edge plane of graphene assist the attachment with the free amine terminals of GOD enzyme, resulting in a better immobilization. The sensor exhibits a glucose-dependent electrochemical potential against an Ag/AgCl reference microelectrode which is linear across the whole concentration range of interest (10 - 1000 mu M). Glucose concentration in human fat cell measured by our graphene-based sensor is in good agreement with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

  • 22.
    Usman Ali, Syed
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Pakistan.
    Fulati, Alimujiang
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Brännmark, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Strålfors, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Englund, Ulrika
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Elinder, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Danielsson, Bengt
    Lund University.
    Intracellular K(+) Determination With a Potentiometric Microelectrode Based on ZnO Nanowires2011In: IEEE transactions on nanotechnology, ISSN 1536-125X, E-ISSN 1941-0085, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 913-919Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The fabrication and application of an intracellular K(+)-selective microelectrode is demonstrated. ZnO nanowires with a diameter of 100-180 nm and a length of approximately 1.5. m are grown on a borosilicate glass microcapillary. The ZnO nanowires were coated by a K(+)-ionophore-containing membrane. The K(+)-selective microelectrode exhibited a K(+)-dependent potentiometric response versus an Ag/AgCl reference microelectrode that was linear over a large concentration range (25 . M-125 mM) with a minimum detection limit of 1 . M. The measured K(+) concentrations in human adipocytes and in frog oocytes were consistent with values of K(+) concentrations reported in the literature. The sensor has several advantages including ease of fabrication, ease of insertion into the cells, low cost, and high selectivity features that make this type of sensor suitable to characterize physiologically relevant ions within single living cells.

  • 23.
    Willander, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zaman, Siama
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zainelabdin, A.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Bano, Nargis
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Al-Hilli, Safaa
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Different interfaces to crystalline ZnO nanorods and their applications2009In: Physica Status Solidi. C, Current topics in solid state physics, ISSN 1610-1634, E-ISSN 1610-1642, Vol. 6, no 12, p. 2683-2694Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we will demonstrate the growth of crystalline ZnO nanorods on different substrates including some of crystalline as well as amorphous nature. The application of these ZnO nanorods to optoelectronics and to bioelectronics will be highlighted. We demonstrate the fabrication of n-ZnO nano-rods/p-type substrates and fabricated light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on these structures. Among the presented LEDs, a hybrid configuration based on the integration of p-type polymers on flexible plastic provides a potential for developing large area white LEDs. Moreover, ZnO nanorods based intracellular measurements using bare and functionalized ZnO surfaces were demonstrated to be a valuable non-destructive tool for obtaining intracellular measurements paving the way for a wealth of intracellular information.

  • 24.
    Willander, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Fakhar-e-Alam, M.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Jamil Rana, Sadaf
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Israr Qadir, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Sultana, Kishwar
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ali, Syed M. Usman
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Applications of Zinc Oxide Nanowires for Bio-photonics and Bio-electronics2011In: Proceedings of SPIE Volume 7940 / [ed] Ferechteh Hosseini Teherani, David C. Look, David J. Rogers, Bellingham, Washington, USA: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Using zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures, nanorods (NRs) and nanoparticles (NPs) grown on different substrates (sub-micrometer glass pipettes, thin silver wire and on plastic substrate) different bio-sensors were demonstrated. The demonstrated sensors are based on potentiometric approach and are sensitive to the ionic metals and biological analyte in question. For each case a selective membrane or enzyme was used. The measurements were performed for intracellular environment as well as in some cases (cholesterol and uric acid). The selectivity in each case is tuned according to the element to be sensed. Moreover we also developed photodynamic therapy approach based on the use of ZnO NRs and NPs. Necrosis/apoptosis was possible to achieve for different types of cancerous cell. The results indicate that the ZnO with its UV and white band emissions is beneficial to photodynamic therapy technology.

  • 25.
    Willander, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Yang, Lili
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Wadeasa, A.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Ali, S.U.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, M.H.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zhao, Q.X.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nour, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zinc oxide nanowires: controlled low temperature growth and electrochemical and optical devices2009In: Journal of Materials Chemsitry, Vol. 19, no 7, p. 1006-1018Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we present our new findings on the growth, characterization and nano-devices based on ZnO nanowires. We will limit the scope of this article to low temperature grown ZnO nanowires, due to the fact that low temperature growth is suitable for many applications. On growth and size control we will present our methodology for the growth of ZnO nanowires on Si substrates using low temperature techniques. The effect of the annealing on these low temperature grown ZnO nanowires is investigated and discussed. We then present our results on the surface recombination velocity of ZnO nanowires. This will be followed by the demonstration of new prototype nano-devices. These nano-devices include the demonstration of two new electrochemical nano-sensors. These are the extended gate glucose sensor and the calcium ion selective sensor using ionophore membrane coating on ZnO nanowires. Finally we will present results from light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on our ZnO nanowires grown on p-type organic semiconductors. The effect of the interlayer design of this hybrid organic–inorganic LED on the emission properties is highlighted.

  • 26.
    Zaman, Siama
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Asif, Muhammad
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Zainelabdin, A.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Amin, Gul
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Nur, Omer
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Willander, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    CuO nanoflowers as an electrochemical pH sensor and the effect of pH on the growth2011In: JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, ISSN 1572-6657, Vol. 662, no 2, p. 421-425Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Well-crystallized flower-shaped cupric oxide (CuO) nanostructures composed of thin leaves have been synthesized by simple low-temperature chemical bath method and used to fabricate pH sensor. We examined the effect of the pH on the growth of the CuO nanostructures, by changing the pH of the precursor solutions different morphologies of the CuO nanostructures were obtained. CuO nanoflowers have recently become important as a material that provides an effective surface for electrochemical activities with enhanced sensing characteristics. The proposed sensor exhibited a linear electrochemical response within a wide pH range of (2-11). The experimental results (time response, electrochemical activity, reproducibility, absorption spectra, and XRD) indicate that the CuO nanoflowers can be used in pH sensor applications with enhanced properties.

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