We report the use of an array of microcantilevers to measure the specific binding of Salmonella to peptides derived from phage display libraries. Selectivity of these phage-derived peptides for Salmonella spp. and other pathogens (Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli) are compared with a commercially available anti-Salmonella antibody and the antimicrobial peptide alamethicin. A Langmuir isotherm model was applied to determine the binding affinity constants of the peptides to the pathogens. One particular peptide, MSal 020417, demonstrated a higher binding affinity to Salmonella spp. than the commercially available antibody and is able to distinguish among eight Salmonella serovars on a microcantilever. A multiplexed screening system to quickly determine the binding affinities of various peptides to a particular pathogen highly improves the efficiency of the peptide screening process. Combined with phage-derived peptides, this microcantilever-based technique provides a novel biosensor to rapidly and accurately detect pathogens and holds potential to be further developed as a screening method to identify pathogen-specific recognition elements.
|Number of pages||9|
|Early online date||21 Jan 2014|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 4 Feb 2014|