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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Ensafi AA, Nasr-Esfahani P, Rezaei B
Article Title: Simultaneous detection of folic acid and methotrexate by an optical sensor based on molecularly imprinted polymers on dual-color CdTe quantum dots.
Publication date: 2017
Journal: Analytica Chimica Acta
Volume: 996
Page numbers: 64-73.
DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2017.10.011
Alternative URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003267017311534

Abstract: In this work, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were used on the surface of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs) for the simultaneous determination of folic acid (FA) and methotrexate (MTX). For this purpose, two different sizes of CdTe QDs with emission peaks in the yellow (QDY) and orange (QDO) spectral regions were initially synthesized and capped with MIPs. FA and MTX were used as templates for the synthesis of the two composites and designated as QDY-MIPs and QDO-MIPs, respectively. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy were employed to characterize the composites. QDY-MIPs and QDO-MIPs were then mixed (to form QDs-MIPs) and excited at identical excitation wavelengths; they emitted two different emission wavelengths without any spectral overlap. The fluorescence signals of QDY-MIPs and QDO-MIPs diminished in intensity with increasing concentration of the corresponding template molecules. Under optimal conditions, the dynamic range was 0.5-20 μmol L-1 for FA and MTX, and the detection limits for FA and MTX were 32.0 nmol L-1 and 34.0 nmol L-1, respectively. The reproducibility of the method was checked for 12.5 μmol L-1 of FA and MTX to find RSD values of 4.2% and 6.3%, respectively. Finally, the applicability of the method was checked using human blood plasma samples. Results indicated the successful application of the method as a fluorescent probe for the rapid and simultaneous detection of FA and MTX in real samples
Template and target information: folic acid, FA, methotrexate, MTX
Author keywords: Simultaneous detection, Folic acid, Methotrexate, Quantum dots, Molecularly imprinted polymers

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