Simultaneous dual-targeted monitoring of breast cancer circulating miRNA via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Jinyoung Kim, Joowon Park, Jisun Ki, Hyun Wook Rho, Yong Min Huh, Eunjung Kim, Hye Young Son, Seungjoo Haam

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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers globally. Because the 5-year survival rate of breast cancer greatly increases when treated in its initial stage, the importance of early detection has been increasing. Herein, one-spot multiple breast cancer circulating microRNA (miRNA) detection via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) with seed-mediated grown Ag nanopillars (SMGAPs) is described. The electrochemical reduction on the pre-distributed 40 nm gold nanoparticle seeds (sGNP) acted as scaffolds for silver ion growth, and a nanopillar-shaped silver structure was successfully grown on the gold substrate surface. The synthesized structure showed uniform and remarkably increased signal enhancement for malachite green isothiocyanate. Based on this consistency, two circulating miRNA markers for breast cancer (miR-21 and miR-155) were used as the SERS diagnostic target. The limit of detection (LOD) of each labeled target was 451 zmol and 1.65 amol respectively. Moreover, miRNAs in four types of cancer cell extracts (HCC1143, HCC1954, MDA-MB-231, MCF-7) were sorted by miR-21 and miR-155 copies. Finally, quantitative analysis of miRNA in urine was successful compared to that in the healthy group.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114143
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul 1

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT ( NRF-2018M3A9E2022819 )

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© 2022 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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