Online automatic transient isotachophoresis concentration of DNA-aptamer and its thrombin complex by using one kind of pseudo-terminating electrolyte buffer in a cross-channel poly(methyl methacrylate) microchip is reported. Sample injection, transient concentration and separation were done continuously and controlled by a sequential voltage switching program, time-consuming steps and complicated chip design were not required. Peak resolution between DNA-aptamer and its thrombin complex was influenced by this novel pseudo-terminating electrolyte buffer, which was prepared by the addition of chemical component with slow mobility into the same buffer as leading electrolyte buffer. 1100-fold signal enhancement of thrombin complex was achieved by this transient isotachophoresis on a standard cross-form microchip. The concentration effect or standing time of transient isotachophoresis was proved to be influenced by the concentration of leading electrolyte ion and the concentration of pseudo-terminating electrolyte buffer ion (glycine). The transient concentration was followed by on-chip nondenaturing gel electrophoresis in methylcellulose solution for the size-based separation. The detection limit, taken as the lowest thrombin concentration at threefold S/N, was determined to be 0.5 amol in mass by this method.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry