Doped zinc sulfide quantum dots based phosphorescence turn-off/on probe for detecting histidine in biological fluid

Wei Bian, Fang Wang, Yanli Wei, Li Wang, Qiaoling Liu, Wenjuan Dong, Shaomin Shuang*, Martin M F CHOI

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Abstract

We report a turn-on phosphorescence probe for detection of histidine based on Co2+-adsorbed N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) capped Mn: ZnS quantum dots (QDs) which is directly synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The phosphorescence of NAC-Mn: ZnS QDs is effectively quenched by Co2+ attributing to the adsorption of Co2+ onto the surface of QDs with a concomitant in suppressing the recombination process of hole and electron of QDs. The phosphorescence of Co2+-adsorbed NAC-Mn: ZnS QDs can be recovered by binding of Co2+ with histidine. The quenching and regeneration of the phosphorescence of NAC-Mn: ZnS QDs have been studied in detail. The as-prepared QDs-based probe is applied to determine histidine with a linear range of 1.25-30μM and a detection limit of 0.74μM. The relative standard deviation for eleven repeat detections of 20μM histidine is 0.65%. Co2+-adsorbed NAC-Mn: ZnS QDs show high sensitivity and good selectivity to histidine over other amino acids, metal ions and co-existing substances. The proposed QDs probe has been successfully applied to determination of histidine in human urine samples with good recoveries of 98.5-103%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Volume856
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Biological fluids
  • Doped quantum dots
  • Histidine
  • Phosphorescence probe

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