Rapid homogeneous detection of biological assays using magnetic modulation biosensing system

Amos Danielli*, Noga Porat, Marcelo Ehrlich, Ady Arie

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A magnetic modulation biosensing system (MMB) [1,2] rapidly and homogeneously detected biological targets at low concentrations without any washing or separation step. When the IL-8 target was present, a 'sandwich'-based assay attached magnetic beads with IL-8 capture antibody to streptavidin coupled fluorescent protein via the IL-8 target and a biotinylated IL-8 antibody. The magnetic beads are maneuvered into oscillatory motion by applying an alternating magnetic field gradient through two electromagnetic poles. The fluorescent proteins, which are attached to the magnetic beads are condensed into the detection area and their movement in and out of an orthogonal laser beam produces a periodic fluorescent signal that is demodulated using synchronous detection. The magnetic modulation biosensing system was previously used to detect the coding sequences of the non-structural Ibaraki virus protein 3 (NS3) complementary DNA (cDNA) [2]. The techniques that are demonstrated in this work for external manipulation and condensation of particles may be used for other applications, e.g. delivery of magnetically-coupled drugs in-vivo or enhancing the contrast for in-vivo imaging applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1935
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number40
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Bioengineering
  • Fluorescent detection
  • Il8
  • Issue 40
  • Magnetic modulation
  • Magnetic nanoparticles
  • Protein detection


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