A novel GMO biosensor for rapid ultrasensitive and simultaneous detection of multiple DNA components in GMO products

Lin Huang, Lei Zheng, Yinji Chen, Feng Xue, Lin Cheng, Samuel B O Adeloju, Wei Chen

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Since the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), there has been on-going and continuous concern and debates on the commercialization of products derived from GMOs. There is an urgent need for development of highly efficient analytical methods for rapid and high throughput screening of GMOs components, as required for appropriate labeling of GMO-derived foods, as well as for on-site inspection and import/export quarantine. In this study, we describe, for the first time, a multi-labeling based electrochemical biosensor for simultaneous detection of multiple DNA components of GMO products on the same sensing interface. Two-round signal amplification was applied by using both an exonuclease enzyme catalytic reaction and gold nanoparticle-based bio-barcode related strategies, respectively. Simultaneous multiple detections of different DNA components of GMOs were successfully achieved with satisfied sensitivity using this electrochemical biosensor. Furthermore, the robustness and effectiveness of the proposed approach was successfully demonstrated by application to various GMO products, including locally obtained and confirmed commercial GMO seeds and transgenetic plants. The proposed electrochemical biosensor demonstrated unique merits that promise to gain more interest in its use for rapid and on-site simultaneous multiple screening of different components of GMO products.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-437
Number of pages7
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Electrochemical biosensor
  • Food safety
  • Genetically modified organism
  • Rapid detection
  • Simultaneous and multiple detection

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