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Sensors, Vol. 18, Pages 564: Hydrogel-Based Fluorescent Dual pH and Oxygen Sensors Loaded in 96-Well Plates for High-Throughput Cell Metabolism Studies

Sensors, Vol. 18, Pages 564: Hydrogel-Based Fluorescent Dual pH and Oxygen Sensors Loaded in 96-Well Plates for High-Throughput Cell Metabolism Studies

Sensors doi: 10.3390/s18020564

Authors: Shanshan Wu Siying Wu Zheyuan Yi Fei Zeng Weizhen Wu Yuan Qiao Xingzhong Zhao Xing Cheng Yanqing Tian

In this study, we developed fluorescent dual pH and oxygen sensors loaded in multi-well plates for in-situ and high-throughput monitoring of oxygen respiration and extracellular acidification during microbial cell growth for understanding metabolism. Biocompatible PHEMA-co-PAM materials were used as the hydrogel matrix. A polymerizable oxygen probe (OS2) derived from PtTFPP and a polymerizable pH probe (S2) derived from fluorescein were chemically conjugated into the matrix to solve the problem of the probe leaching from the matrix. Gels were allowed to cure directly on the bottom of 96-well plates at room-temperature via redox polymerization. The influence of matrix’s composition on the sensing behaviors was investigated to optimize hydrogels with enough robustness for repeatable use with good sensitivity. Responses of the dual sensing hydrogels to dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH were studied. These dual oxygen-pH sensing plates were successfully used for microbial cell-based screening assays, which are based on the measurement of fluorescence intensity changes induced by cellular oxygen consumption and pH changes during microbial growth. This method may provide a real-time monitoring of cellular respiration, acidification, and a rapid kinetic assessment of multiple samples for cell viability as well as high-throughput drug screening. All of these assays can be carried out by a conventional plate reader.

Authors:   Wu, Shanshan ; Wu, Siying ; Yi, Zheyuan ; Zeng, Fei ; Wu, Weizhen ; Qiao, Yuan ; Zhao, Xingzhong ; Cheng, Xing ; Tian, Yanqing
Journal:   Sensors
Volume:   18
edition:   2
Year:   2018
Pages:   564
DOI:   10.3390/s18020564
Publication date:   13-Feb-2018
Facts, background information, dossiers
  • screening assays
  • samples
  • Pam
  • drug screening
  • cellular respiration
  • cell viability
  • acidification
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