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Keywords:

  • magnetic nanoclusters;
  • magnetophoretic assays;
  • magnetic nanoparticles;
  • microfluidics
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Magnetic nanoclusters (MNCs) are developed and used for an ultrasensitive magnetophoretic assay system. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is used as a target analyte (see image). The deflection velocity of a microbead is well correlated with the PSA concentration, with a detection limit of 45 fg mL−1, and this value is three orders of magnitude higher than conventional ELISA. The developed assay format is expected to be effectively applied to the detection of a target analyte with low abundance.