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Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry

A rapid and simple method for efficient capture and accurate discrimination of circulating tumor cells using aptamer conjugated magnetic beads and surface-enhanced Raman scattering imaging.


PMID 26449846

Abstract

The efficient isolation and the accurate phenotype discrimination of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are expected to provide much valuable information for the understanding of tumor metastasis and to play an important role in personalized treatment of cancer patients in the future. In this study, we developed a novel, rapid, and simple method for efficient capture and accurate identification of CTCs using aptamer conjugated magnetic beads and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) imaging technique. Using aptamer conjugated magnetic beads, rare target cancer cells can be captured efficiently from buffer and whole blood sample with capture efficiency of 73xa0% and 55xa0%, respectively. Meanwhile, captured cancer cells were labeled by specific SERS probes and can be identified readily and accurately by SERS imaging technique. Results of our experiment demonstrate the potential feasibility of aptamer conjugated magnetic beads coupled with SERS imaging technique for the efficient capture and accurate discrimination of CTCs in clinical whole blood sample. Graphical Abstract Schematic Representation of CTCs Capture and Identification Using Apt-MBs and SERS Imaging.

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