Microfluidic paper-based analytical device for the determination of salivary calcium

Mafalda T. S. Silva, Karina C. Acciainoli, Raquel B. R. Mesquita*, António O. S. S. Rangel

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The determination of salivary calcium concentration may anticipate potential problems or help to improve target therapies [1,2]. In fact, the concentration of calcium in saliva can be a symptom of cystic fibrosis or medication abuse. The concentration of calcium in saliva depends mainly on the pH and the salivary flow rate. A fast, non-evasive, disposable, on-the-moment test device available to be used in a routine consultation would facilitate the overall diagnostic. Microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (µPADs) have several benefits which make them ideally suited to conduct on-location analyte determinations. While many of the current monitoring techniques require specialised skills, laborious laboratory processes, or/and expensive equipment, µPADs provide an avenue for very quickly and cheaply attain an analytical result. These µPADs are composed of a hydrophilic zone, consisting of paper, and a hydrophobic zone that delimits them. The paper cellulose fibers enable liquids transportation by capillarity. In this work, a novel approach was used to the design the hydrophilic/hydrophobic areas. The developed µPAD was employed to determine the salivary calcium concentration as an economical and in-loco alternative. The method was based on the reaction between calcium and o-cresolphthalein complexone, generating a coloured complex, quantified through pixel readings [3]. The consumption of both reagents and sample is rather low, about 10 µL. This feature, along with the intrinsic portability of the µPADs, enabled to obtain a device suitable for regular monitoring at routine consultation to be used by unskilled operators.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Event12th Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry Conference - Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 5 Jun 20186 Jun 2018


Conference12th Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry Conference
Abbreviated title12th IBCC


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