Chitosan grafted butein: A metal-free transducer for electrochemical genosensing of exosomal CD24

Carbohydr Polym. 2021 Oct 1;269:118333. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2021.118333. Epub 2021 Jun 15.


Metal-free cost-efficient biocompatible molecules are beneficial for opto-electrochemical bioassays. Herein, chitosan (CS) conjugated butein is prepared via graft polymerization. Structural integrity between radical active sites of CS and its probable conjugation routes with reactive OH group of butein during grafting were comprehensively studied using optical absorbance/emission property, NMR, FT-IR and XPS analysis. Fluorescence emission of CS-conjugated butein (CSB) was studied in dried flaky state as well as in drop casted form. Cyclic voltammetric study of CSB modified glassy carbon electrode exhibits 2e-/2H+ transfer reaction in phosphate buffered saline electrolyte following a surface-confined process with a correlation coefficient of 0.99. Unlike pristine butein, CSB modified electrode display a highly reversible redox behavior under various pH ranging from 4 to 9. For the proof-of-concept CSB-modified flexible screen printed electrodes were processed for electrochemical biosensing of exosomal CD24 specific nucleic acid at an ultralow sample concentration, promising for ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Keywords: Conjugated polyphenol; Dual functional biocomposite; Genosensor; Opto-electrochemical; Ovarian cancer; Phytochemical.