Patterning of antibodies using flexographic printing

Langmuir. 2012 Jun 26;28(25):9878-84. doi: 10.1021/la300867m. Epub 2012 Jun 8.


Antibodies were patterned onto flexible plastic films using the flexographic printing process. An ink formulation was developed using high molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol in carbonate-bicarbonate buffer. In order to aid both antibody adhesion and the quality of definition in the printed features, a nitrocellulose coating was developed that was capable of being discretely patterned, thus increasing the signal-to-noise ratio of an antibody array. Printing antibody features such as dots, squares, text, and fine lines were reproduced effectively. Furthermore, this process could be easily adapted for printing of other biological materials, including, but not limited to, enzymes, DNA, proteins, aptamers, and cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Immobilized / chemistry*
  • Antibodies, Immobilized / metabolism
  • Collodion / chemistry
  • Coloring Agents / chemistry
  • Peroxidase / metabolism
  • Printing / methods*
  • Rheology


  • Antibodies, Immobilized
  • Coloring Agents
  • Collodion
  • Peroxidase