Specific Recognition of Human Influenza Virus with PEDOT Bearing Sialic Acid-Terminated Trisaccharides

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Conducting polymers are good candidates for biosensor applications when molecular recognition element is imparted. We developed trisaccharide-grafted conducting polymers for label-free detection of the human influenza A virus (H1N1) with high sensitivity and specificity. A 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) derivative bearing an oxylamine moiety was electrochemically copolymerized with EDOT. The obtained film was characterized by cyclic voltammetry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, stylus surface profilometer, and AC-impedance spectroscopy. The trisaccharides comprising Sia-α2,6′-Gal-Glu (2,6-sialyllactose) or Sia-α2,3′-Gal-Glu (2,3-sialyllactose) were covalently introduced to the side chain of the conducting polymers as a ligand for viral recognition. Immobilization of sialyllactose was confirmed by quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and water contact angle measurements. Specific interaction of 2,6-sialyllactose with hemagglutinin in the envelope of the human influenza A virus (H1N1) was detected by QCM and potentiometry with enhanced sensitivity by 2 orders of magnitude when compared with that of commercially available kits. The developed conducting polymers possessing specific virus recognition are a good candidate material for wearable monitoring and point-of-care testing because of their processability and mass productivity in combination with printing technologies.




Hai, W., Goda, T., Takeuchi, H., Yamaoka, S., Horiguchi, Y., Matsumoto, A., & Miyahara, Y. (2017). Specific Recognition of Human Influenza Virus with PEDOT Bearing Sialic Acid-Terminated Trisaccharides. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(16), 14162–14170. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b02523

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