Use of immunomagnetic reduction for C-reactive protein assay in clinical samples

Chien Hsi Chang, Zhi Xian Lai, Hsiu Li Lin, Che Chuan Yang, Hsin Hsien Chen, Shieh Yueh Yang, Herng Er Horng, Chin Yih Hong, Hong Chang Yang, Hsiu Chen Lin*

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Background: Magnetic nanoparticles biofunctionalized with antibodies are able to recognize and bind to the corresponding antigens. In this work, anti-C-reactive protein (CRP) antibody was covalently conjugated onto the surface of magnetic nanoparticles to label CRP specifically in serum. Methods: The level of serum CRP was detected by immunomagnetic reduction (IMR) assay, which identifies the changes in the magnetic signal representing the level of interaction between antibody-conjugated magnetic nanoparticles and CRP proteins. To investigate the feasibility of IMR for clinical application, pure CRP solutions and 40 human serum samples were tested for IMR detection of CRP to characterize sensitivity, specificity, and interference. Results: In comparison with the immunoturbidimetry assay, the results of the IMR assay indicated higher sensitivity and had a high correlation with those of the current immunoturbidimetry assay. Conclusion: We have developed a novel and promising way to assay CRP in human serum using immunomagnetic reduction in clinical diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4335-4340
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Nanomedicine
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • C-reactive protein
  • Immunomagnetic reduction
  • Magnetic nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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