29. A High-Resolution Colorimetric Assay for Rapid Visual Readout of Phosphatase Activity Based on Gold/Silver Core/Shell Nanorod
Nanostructure-based visual assay has been developed for determination of enzymatic activity, but most involve in poor visible color resolution and are not suitable for routine utilization. Herein, we designed a high-resolution colorimetric protocol based on gold/silver core/shell nanorod for visual readout of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity by using bare-eyes. The method relied on enzymatic reactionassisted silver deposition on gold nanorod to generate significant color change, which was strongly dependent on ALP activity. Upon target ALP introduction into the substrate, the ascorbic acid 2-phosphate was hydrolyzed to form ascorbic acid, and then, the generated ascorbic acid reduced silver ion to metal silver and coated on the gold nanorod, thereby resulting in the blue shift of longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance peak of gold nanorod accompanying a perceptible color change from red to orange to yellow to green to cyan to blue and to violet. Under optimal conditions, the designed method exhibited the wide linear range 5−100 mU mL−1 ALP with a detection limit of 3.3 mU mL−1. Moreover, it could be used for the semiquantitative detection of ALP from 20 to 500 mU mL−1 by using the bare-eyes. The coefficients of variation for intra- and interassay were below 3.5% and 6.2%, respectively. Finally, this method was validated for the analysis of real-life serum samples, giving results matched well with those from the 4-nitrophenyl phosphate disodium salt hexahydrate (pNPP)-based standard method. In addition, the system could even be utilized in the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect IgG at picomol concentration. With the merits of simplification, low cost, userfriendliness, and sensitive readout, the gold nanorod-based colorimetric assay has the potential to be utilized by the public and opens a new horizon for bioassays.