The latest nanoscale sensor has been developed that will be able to assist in identifying of cytokines—a molecule that plays a vital role in cellular reaction against infection, trauma, inflammation and other diseases.
As per the details provided in the journal, the sensor is created using customized graphene quantum which is deliberately made by the scientist at ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP). The innovation is opening some new paths for biomedical research. The nanoscale sensor recognizes the presence of Cytokines in cell and around the cell.
Guozhen Liu– lead project scientist and associate professor, Macquarie University clarified that the molecules that are secreted by the immune system are cytokines.
“The discharge of specific cytokines by the human body is regularly indicative of illness or health issue, such as inflammatory disorder, arthritis, and even cancer. Therefore, supervising cytokine secretion of the cellular and sub-cellular level has a huge assessment in our perceptive of crucial physiology and about how the body is actually functioning.”
“Conventionally, cytokine molecules are intricate to compute and enumerate. The reason behind this is owing to the miniature dimension, active and momentary nature”, Professor said.
We have been successful in designing a minute sensor that can get into cells easily and post penetration it will only react if it finds some amount of cytokine molecule present in the cell. To identify the whole presence scientist have integrated GQDs to cytokine sensing DNA molecules that are known as aptamers.
One of the professors working in the team claimed that device discovered to identify the cytokine levels that too at the real time will probably open up new methods to examine the body functioning. This will eventually direct to new analytical tools and open doors for new ways of curing and monitoring.
They believe that this innovation of GQD sensing technique developed solely by CNBP has huge extensive applications owing to the worldwide temperament of the sensor design.
“Working at the nanoscale, we’re constructing completely new windows into the human body which will definitely gain precious approach into the body, health, disease, wellbeing”, said by associate professor Ewa Goldys.