A label-free fluorescent array sensor utilizing liposome encapsulating calcein for discriminating target proteins by principal component analysis

Ryota Imamura, Naoki Murata, Toshinori Shimanouchi, Kaoru Yamashita, Masayuki Fukuzawa, Minoru Noda

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A new fluorescent arrayed biosensor has been developed to discriminate species and concentrations of target proteins by using plural different phospholipid liposome species encapsulating fluorescent molecules, utilizing differences in permeation of the fluorescent molecules through the membrane to modulate liposome-target protein interactions. This approach proposes a basically new label-free fluorescent sensor, compared with the common technique of developed fluorescent array sensors with labeling. We have confirmed a high output intensity of fluorescence emission related to characteristics of the fluorescent molecules dependent on their concentrations when they leak from inside the liposomes through the perturbed lipid membrane. After taking an array image of the fluorescence emission from the sensor using a CMOS imager, the output intensities of the fluorescence were analyzed by a principal component analysis (PCA) statistical method. It is found from PCA plots that different protein species with several concentrations were successfully discriminated by using the different lipid membranes with high cumulative contribution ratio. We also confirmed that the accuracy of the discrimination by the array sensor with a single shot is higher than that of a single sensor with multiple shots.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1630
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 14 2017



  • Array
  • Biosensor
  • Cholesterol
  • Fluorescence
  • Interaction
  • Liposome
  • Principal component analysis (PCA)
  • Protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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