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 . 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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2018|
|Event||12th Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry Conference - Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal|
Duration: 5 Jun 2018 → 6 Jun 2018
|Conference||12th Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry Conference|
|Abbreviated title||12th IBCC|
|Period||5/06/18 → 6/06/18|