Xing C; Liu L; Song S; Feng M; Kuang H; Xu C. Ultrasensitive immunochromatographic assay for the simultaneous detection of five chemicals in drinking water. Biosensors & Bioelectronics 2015 Apr 15; Vol. 66, pp. 445-53.
In this paper, we describe the development of a multicomponent lateral-flow assay based on an antibody-antigen reaction for the rapid and simultaneous detection of trace contaminants in water, including a heavy metal, algal toxin, antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide. The representative analytes chosen for the study were lead (Pb(II), microcystin-leucine-arginine (MC-LR), chloramphenicol (CAP), testosterone (T), and chlorothalonil (CTN). Five different antigens were immobilized separately in five test lines on a nitrocellulose membrane. The monoclonal antibodies specifically recognized the corresponding antigens, and there was no cross-reactivity between the antibodies in the detection assay. Samples or standards containing the five analytes were preincubated with the freeze-dried colloidal-gold-labeled monoclonal antibody conjugates to improve the sensitivity of the assay. The results were obtained within 20min with a paper-based sensor. The cut-off values for the strip test were 4ng/mL for Pb(II), 1ng/mL for MC-LR, 0.1ng/mL for CAP, 5ng/mL for T, and 5ng/mL for CTN. The assay was evaluated using spiked water samples, and the accuracy and reproducibility of the results were good. In summary, this lateral-flow device provides an effective and rapid method for the onsite detection of multiple contaminants in water samples, with no treatment or devices required.