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Studies from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Have Provided New Data on Biosensing (Electrochemical biosensors using aptamers for...

July 16, 2014

Studies from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Have Provided New Data on Biosensing (Electrochemical biosensors using aptamers for theranostics)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Biosensing are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting out of Tokyo, Japan, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Theranostics, a new term consisting of the words 'therapy' and 'diagnostics,' represents the concept of selecting specific patients for appropriate drug administration using diagnostics. For the development of a molecular targeting drug, the theranostics approach is effective."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, "Therefore, the market for molecular diagnostics is likely to grow at an extraordinary rate over the next 10 years. In this review, we focus on aptamer-based electrochemical biosensors for theranostics. Aptamers are molecular recognition elements that can bind to various target molecules from small compounds to proteins with affinities and specificities comparable to those of antibodies. Inasmuch as various molecules would be targeted for analysis using theranostics, aptamer-based biosensors would be an attractive format because they can be developed for various molecules using the same sensing format. Although a diverse sensing system can be constructed, we focus on electrochemical biosensors in this review because they can measure biomarkers rapidly in a miniaturized sensing system with low cost, such as blood glucose sensors."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We summarize the sensing systems of aptamer-based electrochemical biosensors and discuss their advantages for theranostics."

For more information on this research see: Electrochemical biosensors using aptamers for theranostics. Advances In Biochemical Engineering, 2014;140():183-202 (see also Biosensing).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Abe, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan. Additional authors for this research include W. Yoshida and K. Ikebukuro.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Tokyo, Japan, Chemistry, Biosensing, Bioengineering, Electrochemical, Bionanotechnology, Nanobiotechnology.

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Source: Biotech Week

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