Acta Chimica Sinica ›› 2013, Vol. 71 ›› Issue (06): 962-966.DOI: 10.6023/A12121072 Previous Articles    



刘亭廷a, 彭程a, 马云川a, 欧阳津b   

  1. a 首都医科大学宣武医院 北京 100053;
    b 北京师范大学化学学院 北京 100875
  • 投稿日期:2012-12-19 发布日期:2013-04-12
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Application of Carbon Quantum Dots in Fluorescent Imaging of Human Serum Proteins after Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis

Liu Tingtinga, Peng Chenga, Ma Yunchuana, Ouyang Jinb   

  1. a Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053;
    b Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875
  • Received:2012-12-19 Published:2013-04-12

A new method of carbon quantum dots (CQDs) fluorescent imaging for human serum proteins detection after polyacrylamide gels electrophoresis (PAGE) is established. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis is one of the most general and powerful technique to separate complex biosamples, and it is widely used in molecular biology, biochemistry and medicine. With the evolution of clinical proteomics, the development of a novel method to detect serum proteins after PAGE with high resolution and high sensitivity is of great significant. As far as we know, the carbon quantum dots have not been applied in the detection of serum proteins after PAGE. The fluorescent carbon quantum dots were synthesized by a one-step microwave pyrolysis method: glycerol and phosphate buffer (7.1 mmol•L-1, pH 7.4) (φ=70%) was mixed evenly, and then put the solution into the advanced microwave digestion system and heated for 14 min (750 W), the colorless solution turned to yellow after reaction. The yellow solution was diluted into the incubation solution with HOAc-NaOAc buffer (80 mmol•L-1, pH 2.7), and then used for staining serum proteins. The emission and excitation spectra of carbon quantum dots were measured, and the excitation wavelength allowed the use of an ultraviolet lamp at 365 nm for the fluorescent imaging. In order to investigate the performance of CQDs fluorescent imaging, the dilution of human serum samples separated by electrophoresis was used for detection, and was compared with traditional method of CBB-R250 staining and silver staining. The results suggested that CQDs based on fluorescent imaging could effectively detect human serum proteins with high sensitivity and resolution. The sensitivity of CQDs imaging was higher than CBB staining and comparable to silver staining. Therefore, the CQDs fluorescent imaging could be an inexpensive, time-saving, pollution-free and convenient method with high sensitivity and resolution for the detection of human serum proteins. It demonstrates the CQDs fluorescent imaging technology has great significant prospects in the development of biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Key words: carbon quantum dot, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, protein, fluorescent imaging