Iron detection is one of the critical markers to diagnose multiple blood-related disorders that correspond to various biological dysfunctions. The currently available anemia detection approach can be used only for pre-treated blood samples that interfere with the actual iron level in blood. Real-time detection approaches with higher sensitivity and specificity are certainly needed to cope with the commercial level clinical analyses. Herein, we presented a novel strategy to determine the blood iron that can be easily practiced at commercial levels. The blend of well-known iron-cyanide chemistry with nanotechnology is advantageous with ultrahigh sensitivity in whole blood analysis without any pre-treatments. This approach is a combined detection system of the conventional assay (UV-visible spectroscopy) with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Organic cyanide modified silver nanoparticles (cAgNPs) can selectively respond to Fe3+ ions and Hb protein with a detection limit of 10 fM and 0.46 µg/mL-1, respectively, without being affected by matrix interfering species in the complex biological fluid. We confirmed the clinical potential of our new cAgNPs by assessing iron-status in multiple anemia patients and normal controls. Our SERS-based iron quantitation approach is highly affordable for bulk-samples, cheap, quick, flexible, and useful for real-time clinical assays. Such a method for metal-chelation has extendable features of therapeutics molecular tracking within more complex living systems at cellular levels.
Muhammad, P., Hanif, S., Yan, J., Rehman, F. U., Wang, J., Khan, M., ... Shi, B. (2020). SERS-based nanostrategy for rapid anemia diagnosis. Nanoscale, 12(3), 1948-1957. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9NR09152A, https://doi.org/10.1039/c9nr09152a