Red-emitting gold nanoclusters for rapid fluorescence sensing of tryptophan metabolites

Ditta Ungor, Krisztián Horváth, Imre Dékány, Edit Csapó

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In this work, we first present a simple “green” preparation procedure of red-emitting (λemission = 645 nm, d = 1.5 ± 0.3 nm) fluorescent gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) using only γ-globulin (γG) immunoprotein as reducing and stabilizing agent. The γG-Au NCs are potent candidate for rapid detection of L-kynurenine (Kyn) which is a dominant molecule of the kynurenine pathway (KP) of the tryptophan (Trp) metabolism. Sensing of Kyn has been carried out in phosphate buffer (PBS) solution and in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) with the calculated detection limit of 15 and 22 μM, respectively. Beyond the definition of the dynamic range of 15–100 μM and analytical parameters (KSV, k0, kq) the nature as well as the proposed mechanism of the quenching process was also suggested based on temperature-dependent spectrofluorometric studies. Moreover, a paper-based sensor technology was also successfully developed for rapid detection of Kyn with 5 μM detection limit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-733
Number of pages6
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - jún. 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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