A linker peptide sequence with affinity to silica-containing materials was fused to Streptococcus protein G', an antibody-binding protein. This recombinant fusion protein, linker-protein G (LPG) was produced in E. coli and exhibited strong affinity to silica-coated magnetic particles and was able to bind to them at different pHs, indicating a true pH-independent binding. LPG was used as an anchorage point for the oriented immobilization of antibodies onto the surface of the particles. These particle-bound "LPG-Antibody complexes" mediated the binding and recovery of different cell types (e.g., human stem cells, Legionella, Cryptosporidium and Giardia), enabling their rapid and simple visualization and identification. This strategy was used also for the efficient capture of Cryptosporidium oocysts from water samples. These results demonstrate that LPG can mediate the direct biofunctionalization of silica-coated magnetic particles without the need for complex surface chemical modification.
- Cell capture
- Peptide-mediated binding