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The aim of this thesis is to explore orientation of detection elements on biosensor
surfaces. To this end, different strategies were combined such as surface chemistry and protein functionalization, with the aim to generate a platform for oriented immobilization of antibodies
in biosensors. Chapter 2 investigates the formation of organic monolayers on
oxide-free copper. Detailed studies were performed to characterize the monolayers
and proof its quality. Apart from being the first oxide-free monolayers on copper
reported thus far, further functionalization was successfully investigated.
Chapter 3 gives an overview about approaches used to orient antibodies on surfaces.
It also summarizes methods used to characterize the orientation of immobilized
antibodies in a more direct manner.
In chapter 4 a set of detection elements for tuberculosis bacteria is described. These
are variable domains of llama heavy-chain antibodies, known as VHH proteins. A
number of VHHs, selected by phage display, were expressed by Escherichia coli bacteria
and characterized for binding towards Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria.
Specificity of VHHs was investigated and the antigen was identified.
In chapter 5 the impact of orientation on the analyte binding capacity was studied
by SPR as model biosensor. Established techniques (NH2 coupling, biotyinylation)
were used to immobilize VHHs, and a comparison between oriented and random
immobilized VHHs was made. The effect of molecular weight, epitope number and
affinity of the target analyte was investigated.
In chapter 6, a novel coupling chemistry was used to immobilize VHHs, and in this case the same chemistry could be used for oriented and random immobilization. VHHs were engineered and functionalized with a non-natural amino acid to bear either one or five azide groups. Azide groups served as unique chemical handles on the VHHs and were used to click proteins onto a cyclooctyne-modified surface in an oriented and random approach. Spectacular effects on biosensor sensitivity were observed when VHHs were immobilized in an oriented manner.
Finally, in chapter 7, the main results of this thesis are summarized and remaining
problems as well as ideas for future research are discussed.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||7 Jun 2013|
|Place of Publication||S.l.|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- surface chemistry
- antibody testing
- mycobacterium tuberculosis
- unimolecular films