QCM sensing of multivalent interactions between lectins and well-defined glycosylated nanoplatforms

Marta Abellán-Flos, Brian J.J. Timmer, Samuel Altun, Teodor Aastrup, Stéphane P. Vincent, Olof Ramström

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Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) methodology has been adopted to unravel important factors contributing to the “cluster glycoside effect” observed in carbohydrate-lectin interactions. Well-defined, glycosylated nanostructures of precise sizes, geometries and functionalization patterns were designed and synthesized, and applied to analysis of the interaction kinetics and thermodynamics with immobilized lectins. The nanostructures were based on Borromean rings, dodecaamine cages, and fullerenes, each of which carrying a defined number of carbohydrate ligands at precise locations. The synthesis of the Borromeates and dodecaamine cages was easily adjustable due to the modular assembly of the structures, resulting in variations in presentation mode. The binding properties of the glycosylated nanoplatforms were evaluated using flow-through QCM technology, as well as hemagglutination inhibition assays, and compared with dodecaglycosylated fullerenes and a monovalent reference. With the QCM setup, the association and dissociation rate constants and the associated equilibrium constants of the interactions could be estimated, and the results used to delineate the multivalency effects of the lectin-nanostructure interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111328
Pages (from-to)111328
JournalBiosensors and Bioelectronics
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2019


  • Carbohydrates
  • Lectins
  • Multivalency
  • Nanoplatforms
  • QCM
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance
  • Nanostructures/chemistry
  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance Techniques
  • Carbohydrates/chemistry
  • Glycosylation
  • Concanavalin A/chemistry
  • Biosensing Techniques
  • Protein Binding
  • Ligands
  • Lectins/chemistry


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