Nanophotonic-Carbohydrate Lab-on-a-Microneedle for Rapid Detection of Human Cystatin C in Finger-Prick Blood

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Miniaturized total analysis systems, for the rapid detection of disease biomarkers, with features including high biomarker sensitivity, selectivity, biocompatibility, and disposability, all at low cost are of profound importance in the healthcare sector. Within this frame of reference, we developed a lab-on-a-carbohydrate-microneedle biodevice by integrating localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) paper-based substrates with biocompatible microneedles of high aspect ratio (>60:1 length:width). These microneedles are completely fabricated with carbohydrate (maltose) and further coated with poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA), which together serves the purpose of fluid channels. The porous nature of PLGA, in addition to drawing blood by capillary action, filters out the whole blood, allowing only the blood plasma to reach the biorecognition layer of the developed biodevice. While the use of maltose provides biocompatibility to the microneedle, the axial compression and transverse load analysis revealed desired mechanical strength of the microneedle, with mechanical failure occurring at 11N and 9 N respectively for the compressive and transverse load. For a proof-of-principle demonstration, the developed biodevice is validated for its operational features by direct detection of cystatin C in finger-prick blood and up to a concentration of 0.01 μg/mL in buffered conditions using the LSPR technique. Furthermore, by changing the biorecognition layer, the use of the developed needle can be extended to other disease biomarkers, and therefore the innovation presented in this work represents a hallmark in the state of the art of lab-on-a-chip biodevices.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberacsnano.0c05074
Pages (from-to)11939–11949
Number of pages11
JournalACS Nano
Issue number9
Early online date5 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2020


  • POCT
  • microneedle lab
  • LSPR
  • biosensors
  • blood extraction


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