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Giant magnetoresistive sensor array for sensitive and specific multiplexed food allergen detection.

TitleGiant magnetoresistive sensor array for sensitive and specific multiplexed food allergen detection.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsNg E, Nadeau KC, Wang SX
JournalBiosens Bioelectron
Volume80
Pagination359-365
Date Published2016 Feb 2
ISSN1873-4235
Abstract

Current common allergen detection methods, including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) and dip-stick methods, do not provide adequate levels of sensitivity and specificity for at-risk allergic patients. A method for performing highly sensitive and specific detection of multiple food allergens is thus imperative as food allergies are becoming increasingly recognized as a major healthcare concern, affecting an estimated 4% of the total population. We demonstrate first instance of sensitive and specific multiplexed detection of major peanut allergens Ara h 1 and Ara h 2, and wheat allergen Gliadin using giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensor arrays. Commercialized ELISA kits for Ara h 1 and Ara h 2 report limits of detection (LODs) at 31.5ng/mL and 0.2ng/mL, respectively. In addition, the 96-well-based ELISA developed in-house for Gliadin was found to have a LOD of 40ng/mL. Our multiplexed GMR-based assay demonstrates the ability to perform all three assays on the same chip specifically and with sensitivities at LODs about an order of magnitude lower than those of 96-well-based ELISAs. LODs of GMR-based assays developed for Ara h 1, Ara h 2, and Gliadin were 7.0ng/mL, 0.2ng/mL, and 1.5ng/mL, respectively, with little to no cross-reactivity. These LODs are clinically important as some patients could react strongly against such low allergen levels. Given the limitations of current industrial detection technology, multiplexed GMR-based assays provide a method for highly sensitive and specific simultaneous detection of any combination of food-product allergens, thus protecting allergic patients from life-threatening events, including anaphylaxis, by unintentional consumption.

DOI10.1016/j.bios.2016.02.002
Alternate JournalBiosens Bioelectron
PubMed ID26859787