Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) as biosensor for the detecting of Escherichia coli O157:H7

Vo Ke Thanh Ngo, Dang Giang Nguyen, Hoang Phuong Uyen Nguyen, Van Man Tran, Thi Khoa My Nguyen, Trong Phat Huynh, Quang Vinh Lam, Thanh Dat Huynh and Thi Ngoc Lien Truong

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Keywords: nano


Although Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a commensalism organism in the intestine of humans and warm-blooded animals, it can be toxic at higher density and causes diseases, especially the highly toxic E. coli O157:H7. In this paper a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) biosensor was developed for the detection of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The anti-E. coli O157:H7 antibodies were immobilized on a self-assembly monolayer (SAM) modified 5 MHz AT-cut quartz crystal resonator. The SAMs were activated with 16-mercaptopropanoic acid, in the presence of 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC) and ester N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS). The result of changing frequency due to the adsorption of E. coli O157:H7 was measured by the QCM biosensor system designed and fabricated by ICDREC-VNUHCM. This system gave good results in the range of 102–107 CFU mL−1 E. coli O157:H7. The time of bacteria E. coli O157:H7 detection in the sample was about 50 m. Besides, QCM biosensor from SAM method was comparable to protein A method-based piezoelectric immunosensor in terms of the amount of immobilized antibodies and detection sensitivity

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