The establishment of a simple, low-cost, high-sensitive and rapid immunoassay for detecting SARS-CoV-2 antigen in human blood is an effective mean of discovering early SARS-CoV-2 infection and controlling the pandemic of COVID-19. Herein, a smartphone based nanozyme linked immunochromatographic sensor (NLICS) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein (NP) has been developed on demand. The system is integrated by disposable immunochromatography assay (ICA) and optical sensor devices. Immunoreaction and enzyme-catalyzed substrate color reaction were carried out on the chromatographic strip in a device, of which the light signal was read by a photometer through a biosensor channel, and the data was synchronously transmitted via the Bluetooth to the app in-stored smartphone for reporting the result. With a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.026 ng/mL NP, NLICS had the linear detection range (LDR) between 0.05 and 1.6 ng/mL NP, which was more sensitive than conventional ICA. NLICS took 25 min for reporting results. For detection of NP antigen in clinical serum samples from 21 COVID-19 patients and 80 healthy blood donor controls, NLICS and commercial enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) had 76.2% or 47.6% positivity, and 100% specificity, respectively (P=0.057), while a good correlation coefficient (r=0.99) for quantification of NP between two assays was obtained. In conclusion, the NLICS was a rapid, simple, cheap, sensitive and specific immunochromatographic sensing assay for early diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Fuente: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Available online 12 September 2021, 130718
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