Surface plasmon resonance-based inhibition assay for real-time detection of Cryptosporidium parvum oocyst

Chang Duk Kang, Cuong Cao, Jeewon Lee, Insung S. Choi, Byung Woo Kim, Sang Jun Sim

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A surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based inhibition assay method using a polyclonal anti-mouse IgM arrayed Cryptosporidium sensor chip was developed for the real-time detection of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts. The Cryptosporidium sensor chip was fabricated by subsequent immobilization of streptavidin and polyclonal anti-mouse IgM (secondary antibody) onto heterogeneous self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). The assay consisted of the immunoreaction step between monoclonal anti-C. parvum oocyst (primary antibody) and oocysts, followed by the binding step of the unbound primary antibody onto the secondary antibody surface. It enhanced not only the immunoreaction yield of the oocysts by batch reaction but also the accessibility of analytes to the chip surface by antibody-antibody interaction. Furthermore, the use of optimum concentration of the primary antibody maximized its binding response on the chip. An inversely linear calibration curve for the oocyst concentration versus SPR signal was obtained in the range of 1×106-1×102 oocysts ml-1. The oocyst detection was also successfully achieved in natural water systems. These results indicate that the SPR-based inhibition assay using the Cryptosporidium sensor chip has high application potential for the real-time analysis of C. parvum oocyst in laboratory and field water monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1693-1699
Number of pages7
JournalWater Research
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar


  • Cryptosporidium parvum
  • Inhibition assay
  • Real-time detection
  • Self-assembled monolayer (SAM)
  • Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecological Modelling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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