Rapid colorimetric analysis of multiple microRNAs using encoded hydrogel microparticles

Ju Yeon Kim, Seok Joon Mun, Yoon Ho Roh, Ki Wan Bong

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microRNAs (miRNAs) have attracted much attention as potential biomarkers for the diagnosis of various fatal diseases. With increasing interest in miRNA detection at practical sites, colorimetric bead-based assays have garnered much attention, because these allow for simple analysis with cheap and portable devices. Among them, the encoded hydrogel microparticle-based colorimetric miRNA assay is considered as one of the promising techniques, due to its strengths, such as large multiplex capacity, acceptable sensitivity, and simple analysis. However, it still imposes a limitation in terms of the assay time, particularly the colorimetric reaction time, which is too long, making the practical application of the assay difficult and undermining its detection accuracy. In this work, we present a rapid colorimetric assay based on encoded hydrogel microparticles, which exhibits a significant decrease in the colorimetric reaction time due to two factors: (1) an increase in the number of enzymes bound to hydrogel microparticles via a post-synthesis functionalization method, and (2) an elevation in the enzyme reaction temperature during colorimetric labeling. We obtained a comparable sensitivity of the colorimetric assay with three different miRNA targets, even with a shortened colorimetric reaction time. Furthermore, we validated that our colorimetric detection method is suitable for multiplex miRNA detection, owing to its low cross-reactivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5508-5516
Number of pages9
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sept 21

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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