Thread based electrofluidic platform for direct metabolite analysis in complex samples
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 21:13 authored by Cabot, JM, Michael BreadmoreMichael Breadmore, Brett PaullBrett Paull
The application of electrophoresis upon commercial threads is investigated for development of low-cost diagnostics assays, designed for the matrix separation and quantification of low abundance metabolites in complex samples – in this work riboflavin in human urine. Zone electrophoresis was evaluated upon 8 commercially available threads, with several synthetic threads exhibiting higher electroosmotic flow (EOF) and increased electrophoretic mobility of the rhodamine 6G, rhodamine B, and fluorescein. Of those tested, a nylon bundle was selected as the best platform, offering less band dispersion and higher resolution, a high relative EOF, whilst minimising the contribution of joule heating. A novel 3D printed platform was designed, based on a modular system, facilitating the electrophoresis process and rapid assembly, whilst offering the potential for multiplexed analysis or investigation of more complex systems. Using the thread-based electrophoresis system, riboflavin was determined in less than 2 minutes. The device exhibited a linear working range from 0.1 to 15 µg/mL of riboflavin in urine, and was in good agreement with capillary electrophoresis measurements.
Australian Research Council
Publication titleAnalytica Chimica Acta
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherElsevier Science Bv
Place of publicationPo Box 211, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1000 Ae
Rights statementCopyright 2017 Elsevier B.V.