Analysis of cell surface antigens by Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging

Biosens Bioelectron. 2014 Feb 15:52:36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2013.08.027. Epub 2013 Aug 27.


Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is most commonly used to measure bio-molecular interactions. SPR is used significantly less frequent for measuring whole cell interactions. Here we introduce a method to measure whole cells label free using the specific binding of cell surface antigens expressed on the surface of cancer cells and specific ligands deposited on sensor chips using an IBIS MX96 SPR imager (SPRi). As a model system, cells from the breast cancer cell line HS578T, SKBR3 and MCF7 were used. SPRi responses to Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule (EpCAM) antibody and other ligands coated on the sensor chips were measured. SPR curves show a response attributable to the sedimentation of the cells and a specific binding response on top of the initial response, the magnitude of which is dependent on the ligand density and the cell type used. Comparison of SPRi with flow cytometry showed similar EpCAM expression on MCF7, SKBR3 and HS578T cells.

Keywords: Cancer cell lines; Cell analysis; Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule (EpCAM); Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR); Surface Plasmon Resonance imaging (SPRi).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies / chemistry
  • Antibodies / immunology
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / chemistry*
  • Antigens, Surface / immunology
  • Antigens, Surface / isolation & purification*
  • Biosensing Techniques / methods*
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / chemistry*
  • Cell Line
  • Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule
  • Humans
  • MCF-7 Cells
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance


  • Antibodies
  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • Antigens, Surface
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule