Comparing nucleic acid lateral flow and electrochemical genosensing for the simultaneous detection of foodborne pathogens

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

44 Citations (Scopus)


© 2016 Elsevier B.V. Due to the increasing need of rapid tests for application in low resource settings, WHO summarized their ideal features under the acronym ASSURED (Affordable, Sensitive, Specific, User-friendly, Rapid and Robust, Equipment-free, Delivered to those who need it). In this work, two different platforms for the rapid and simultaneous testing of the foodborne pathogens E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica, in detail a nucleic acid lateral flow and an electrochemical magneto-genosensor are presented and compared in terms of their analytical performance. The DNA of the bacteria was amplified by polymerase chain reaction using a quadruple-tagging set of primers specific for E. coli eaeA (151 bp) and Salmonella enterica yfiR (375 bp) genes. During the amplification, the amplicons were labelled at the same time with biotin/digoxigenin or biotin/fluorescein tags, respectively. The nucleic acid lateral flow assay was based on the use of streptavidin gold nanoparticles for the labelling of the tagged amplicon from E. coli and Salmonella. The visual readout was achieved when the gold-modified amplicons were captured by the specific antibodies. The features of this approach are discussed and compared with an electrochemical magneto-genosensor. Although nucleic acid lateral flow showed higher limit of detection, this strategy was able to clearly distinguish positive and negative samples of both bacteria being considered as a rapid and promising detection tool for bacteria screening.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-272
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2017


  • Electrochemical magneto-genosensing
  • Foodborne bacteria
  • Magnetic particles
  • Nucleic acid lateral flow
  • Simultaneous detection


Dive into the research topics of 'Comparing nucleic acid lateral flow and electrochemical genosensing for the simultaneous detection of foodborne pathogens'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this