A portable and universal upconversion nanoparticle-based lateral flow assay platform for point-of-care testing.Talanta. 2019 Aug 15; 201:126-133.T
Upconversion nanoparticle-based lateral flow assays (UCNP-LFAs) have attracted significant attention in point-of-care testing (POCT) applications, due to the long-term photostability and enhanced signal-to-background noise ratio. The existing UCNP-LFAs generally require peripheral equipment for exciting fluorescent signals and reading out fluorescence results, which are generally bulky and expensive. Herein, we developed a miniaturized and portable UCNP-LFA platform, which is composed of a LFA detection system, an UCNP-LFA reader and a smartphone-assisted UCNP-LFA analyzer. The LFA detection system is based on three types of UCNPs for multiplexed detection. The reader has a dimension of 24.0 cm × 9.4 cm × 5.4 cm (L × W × H) and weight of 0.9 kg. The analyzer based on the custom-designed software of a smartphone (termed as UCNP-LFA analyzer) can get the quantitative analysis results in a real-time manner. We demonstrated the universality of this platform by highly sensitive and quantitative detections of several kinds of targets, including small molecule (ochratoxin A, OTA), heavy metal ion (Hg2+), bacteria (salmonella, SE), nucleic acid (hepatitis B virus, HBV) and protein (growth stimulation expressed gene 2, ST-2). Our developed UCNP-LFA platform holds great promise for applications in disease diagnostics, environmental pollution monitoring and food safety at the point of care.