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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5432656, 9 pages
Research Article

SPR Biosensing MUA/Poly-L-lysine Platform for the Detection of 2,4-Dinitrophenol as Small Molecule Model System

1Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas (CONICET-UNLP), CC16 Suc4, No. 1900, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Instituto de Estudios Inmunológicos y Fisiopatológicos (CONICET-UNLP), La Plata, Argentina
3Centro Atómico Bariloche, Instituto Balseiro, CNEA, 8400 S. C. de Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina
4EEA Anguil (INTA), Ruta Nac. No. 5 km 580, CC 11 (6326), Anguil, La Pampa, Argentina

Received 24 June 2016; Revised 4 October 2016; Accepted 19 October 2016

Academic Editor: Felix J. Seo

Copyright © 2016 M. Antonieta Daza Millone et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Surface Plasmon Resonance assays are being developed as alternative biodetection methods for a great number of pesticides and toxins. These substances typically have low molecular weight, making it necessary to perform competitive inhibition immunoassays. In most of the cases, the strategy is to immobilize a protein derivative of the analyte, which usually involves the appearance of nonspecific protein binding which limits the detection range of the assay. In this work we present results of a poly-L-lysine (Au-MUA-PLL) based sensor platform for quantitative determination of 2,4-dinitrophenol as model system for small molecular weight substances detection. The prepared sensor chip was characterized by means of Atomic Force Microscopy, Surface Plasmon Resonance, and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Experiments verified the absence of nonspecific protein adsorption to Au-MUA-PLL surfaces and the improvement of the competitive inhibition assays performance in comparison with single and mixed thiol self-assembled monolayers. The possibility of directly immobilizing 2,4-dinitrophenol to the poly-L-lysine containing platforms leads to an improvement in the detection of the soluble analyte by the competitive inhibition assay avoiding undesirable nonspecific protein adsorption. Therefore, Au-MUA-PLL surfaces constitute a suitable alternative for quantitative detection of small molecules when nonspecific adsorption cannot be avoided.