Electro-kinetically driven route for highly sensitive blood pathology on a paper-based device

Mani, Naresh Kumar and Das, Sankha Shuvra and Dawn, Sayantan and Chakraborty, Suman (2019) Electro-kinetically driven route for highly sensitive blood pathology on a paper-based device. Electrophoresis. ISSN 0173-0835

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Enhancing the sensitivity of colorimetric detection in paper-devices is a quintessential step in achieving frugal diagnosis. Here, we demonstrate an effective way of improving the detection sensitivity of paper-based devices, as mediated by electro-kinetic mechanisms. By directly employing blood plasma, we investigate the electro-kinetic clustering of glucose, a neutral molecule in paper devices. Under the influence of uniform electric field, dispersed glucose gets accumulated in the paper strips. Due to the combination of electroosmotic flow and electrophoretic migration, we achieve two-fold increase in the colour intensity for both normal and diabetic samples. This approach is robust and possesses better sensitivity than conventional colorimetric assays and can be easily extended to other body fluid based diagnosis. These results may turn out to be of profound importance in improving the quality of pathological diagnosis in low-cost paper-based point-of-care devices deployed in resourcelimited settings

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blood; Clustering; Electro-kinetics; Pathology; Sensitivity.
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Biotechnology
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 09:44
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2020 09:44
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/155440

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