Fluorescence measurements on protein microarrays demand photodetectors with ultra-high sensitivity (down to the single photon level), low noise and parallel readout capability. In the frame of the NANOSPAD FP6 European project, a novel compact instrument capable of ultra-sensitive analysis of multiple proteins in a customized microarray has been designed and implemented. In order to obtain a very compact system, a monolithic 6×8 array of single photon avalanche diodes (SPAD) was developed. The SPAD detector technology combines the general advantages of silicon microelectronic devices (miniature size, ruggedness and reliability, low-voltage and low-power operation, insensitivity to magnetic fields, etc.) with very high sensitivity, due to the ability to detect single photons with high efficiency and low detector noise. For performing measurements of chemiluminescent microarrays, around this monolithic detector all the necessary electronic and opto-mechanical set-up and the glass slide coating procedure for protein immobilization were developed. A viable methodology for specific detection of any protein is demonstrated by the NANOSPAD microarray system, suitable for application in the rapidly growing field of proteomic research.

A 6 × 8 photon-counting array detector system for fast and sensitive analysis of protein microarrays

MARANGONI, STEFANO;RECH, IVAN;GHIONI, MASSIMO ANTONIO;COVA, SERGIO
2010

Abstract

Fluorescence measurements on protein microarrays demand photodetectors with ultra-high sensitivity (down to the single photon level), low noise and parallel readout capability. In the frame of the NANOSPAD FP6 European project, a novel compact instrument capable of ultra-sensitive analysis of multiple proteins in a customized microarray has been designed and implemented. In order to obtain a very compact system, a monolithic 6×8 array of single photon avalanche diodes (SPAD) was developed. The SPAD detector technology combines the general advantages of silicon microelectronic devices (miniature size, ruggedness and reliability, low-voltage and low-power operation, insensitivity to magnetic fields, etc.) with very high sensitivity, due to the ability to detect single photons with high efficiency and low detector noise. For performing measurements of chemiluminescent microarrays, around this monolithic detector all the necessary electronic and opto-mechanical set-up and the glass slide coating procedure for protein immobilization were developed. A viable methodology for specific detection of any protein is demonstrated by the NANOSPAD microarray system, suitable for application in the rapidly growing field of proteomic research.
sezele; array detector; SPAD; Photon-Counting; Microarrays; Coating
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