Quantum Dot-labeled Tags Improve Minimal Detection Limit of CA125 in Ovarian Cancer Cells and Tissues
In recent years, a lot of attention has been paid to quantum dot (QD) nanoparticles as fluorescent sensors for sensitive and accurate detection of cancer biomarkers. Here, using a homemade specific monoclonal antibody against CA125 and QD525- or FITC-labeled probes, expression of this marker in an ovarian cancer cell line and cancer tissues were traced and optical properties of fluorophores were compared qualitatively and quantitatively. Our results clearly showed that besides lower background and exceptionally higher photobleaching resistance, QD525 exhibited higher fluorescent intensity for both ovarian cancer cell and tissues at different exposure times (p<0.0001) and excitation filter sets (p<0.0001) exemplified by significantly higher staining index (p<0.016). More importantly, the FITC-labeled probe detected antigen-antibody complex at minimum concentration of 0.3 mg/mL of anti-CA125, while reactivity limit decreased to 0.078 mg/mL of anti-CA125 when QD525-labeled probe was applied showing four times higher reactivity level of QD525 probe compared to the same probe labeled with FITC. Based on our results, it seems that QDs are inimitable tags for sensitive detection and localization of ovarian cancer micrometastasis and molecular demarcation of cancer tissues in surgical practice, which subsequently figure out accurate therapeutic approaches.
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