Stochastic sensing through covalent interactions
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A system and method for stochastic sensing in which the analyte covalently bonds to the sensor element or an adaptor element. If such bonding is irreversible, the bond may be broken by a chemical reagent. The sensor element may be a protein, such as the engineered PSH type or αHL protein pore. The analyte may be any reactive analyte, including chemical weapons, environmental toxins and pharmaceuticals. The analyte covalently bonds to the sensor element to produce a detectable signal. Possible signals include change in electrical current, change in force, and change in fluorescence. Detection of the signal allows identification of the analyte and determination of its concentration in a sample solution. Multiple analytes present in the same solution may be detected.
Bayley, Hagan; Shin, Seong-ho; Luchian, Tudor; Cheley, Stephen (2013). Stochastic sensing through covalent interactions. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from