Post-Translational Modification of Bionanoparticles as a Modular Platform for Biosensor Assembly. Academic Article uri icon


  • Context driven biosensor assembly with modular targeting and detection moieties is gaining significant attentions. Although protein-based nanoparticles have emerged as an excellent platform for biosensor assembly, current strategies of decorating bionanoparticles with targeting and detection moieties often suffer from unfavorable spacing and orientation as well as bionanoparticle aggregation. Herein, we report a highly modular post-translational modification approach for biosensor assembly based on sortase A-mediated ligation. This approach enables the simultaneous modifications of the Bacillus stearothermophilus E2 nanoparticles with different functional moieties for antibody, enzyme, DNA aptamer, and dye decoration. The resulting easy-purification platform offers a high degree of targeting and detection modularity with signal amplification. This flexibility is demonstrated for the detection of both immobilized antigens and cancer cells.

published proceedings

  • ACS Nano

altmetric score

  • 24

author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, Q., Chen, Q. i., Blackstock, D., & Chen, W.

citation count

  • 36

complete list of authors

  • Sun, Qing||Chen, Qi||Blackstock, Daniel||Chen, Wilfred

publication date

  • August 2015