A new electrochemical assay for the detection of secreted alkaline phosphatase (SEAP) from transfectant HeLa cells is proposed using a microarray device and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). The assay consists of two steps: the first is the incubation of a transfected cell in a microarray culture device covered with a substrate modified with anti-SEAP under physiological conditions without any additives. The array device consists of a 4 × 4 array of microwells having a size of 100 µm × 100 µm (diameter × depth). The second step is SECM measurement of secreted SEAP at the antibody-immobilized substrate. This assay ensures accuracy and intactness because the undesired influence of endogeneous ALP is eliminated and the transfected cells are incubated in a culture device under suitable conditions. We successfully detected the expression of SEAP from intact cells at the single-cell level using this assay. The system is useful as a cell-based gene-expression assay. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2012; 109:2163–2167. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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