Analysis of bladder cancer-derived urine exosomes via Janus magnetic microspheres

Bladder cancer greatly endangers human health, and its early diagnosis is of vital importance. Exosomes, which contain proteins and nucleic acids related to their source cells, are expected to be an emerging biomarker for bladder cancer detection. Researchers from the Wenzhou Medical University have developed a novel system for multiplexed analysis of bladder cancer-derived urine exosomes based on Janus magnetic microspheres as barcoded microcarriers. The microcarriers are constructed by droplet-templated coassembly of colloidal silica nanoparticles and magnetic nanoparticles under a magnetic field. The microcarriers possess one hemisphere with structural color and the other hemisphere with magneto-responsiveness. Benefiting from the unique structure, these Janus microcarriers could serve as barcodes and could move controllably in a sample solution, thus realizing the multiplex detection of exosomes with high sensitivity. Notably, the present platform is noninvasive since a urine specimen, as an ideal source of bladder cancer-derived exosomes, is employed as the sample solution. This feature, together with the good sensitivity, specificity, low sample consumption, and easy operation, indicates the great potential of the platform for bladder cancer diagnosis in clinical applications.

Wei X, Cai L, Chen H, Shang L, Zhao Y, Sun W. (2022) Noninvasive Multiplexed Analysis of Bladder Cancer-Derived Urine Exosomes via Janus Magnetic Microspheres. Anal Chem [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]

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