Herein we reported that a hydrophobin film was used as a solid support on the polystyrene surface for immobilizing antibodies in the time-resolved immunofluorometric assay (TR-IFMA). Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipative monitoring (QCM-D), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle (WCA) measurements, as well as atomic force microscope (AFM) were used to characterize the hydrophilic modification of polystyrene surface with Class I hydrophobin isolated from Grifola frondosa (HGFI). The performance of HGFI-modified polystyrene was evaluated by TR-IFMA of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). QCM-D revealed that HGFI formed an intact monolayer on the polystyrene at pH 5. XPS and WCA measurements showed that self-assembling HGFI could render polystyrene surface hydrophilic for three months. AFM indicated that an end-on antibody monolayer was adsorbed on the HGFI film rather than multilayers on the polystyrene in a side-on orientation. Furthermore, a linear calibration curve (from 5 to 600 ng/mL) of CEA showed HGFI-modified polystyrene had higher detection sensitivity than unmodified ones in TR-IFMA. This present method for modifying polystyrene is simple without severe chemical treatment and may have wide applicability to functionalize other supports for immobilizing biomolecules.
Wang, Z., Huang, Y., Li, S., Xu, H., Linder, M., & Qiao, M. (2010). Hydrophilic modification of polystyrene with hydrophobin for time-resolved immunofluorometric assay. Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 26(3), 1074-1079. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2010.08.059