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Fast, Ultrasensitive Detection of Reactive Oxygen Species Using a Carbon Nanotube Based-Electrocatalytic Intracellular Sensor

Frankie J Rawson, Jacqueline Hicks, Nicholas Dodd, Wondwossen Abate, David J Garrett, Nga Yip, Gyorgy Fejer, Alison J Downard, Kim HR Baronian, Simon K Jackson, Paula M Mendes



Herein, we report a highly sensitive electrocatalytic sensor-cell construct that can electrochemically communicate with the internal environment of immune cells (e.g., macrophages) via the selective monitoring of a particular reactive oxygen species (ROS), hydrogen peroxide. The sensor, which is based on vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes functionalized with an osmium electrocatalyst, enabled the unprecedented detection of a local intracellular "pulse" of ROS on a short second time scale in response to bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide-LPS) stimulation. Our studies have shown that this initial pulse of ROS is dependent on NADPH oxidase (NOX) and toll like receptor 4 (TLR..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Leverhulme Trust (F/00 094/BD and ECF/2013-603), BBSRC (BB/L017059/1), Royal Society (RG110087), Wellcome Trust (WT091285MA), EPSRC (EP/K027263/1), ERC (Consolidator Grant 614787), and NC3Rs (NC/L00058X/1) for financial support.