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Combined sensing platform for advanced diagnostics in exhaled mouse breath
Author(s): Paula R. Fortes; Andreas Wilk; Felicia Seichter; Merima Cajlakovic; Stefan Koestler; Volker Ribitsch; Ulrich Wachter; Josef Vogt; Peter Radermacher; Chance Carter; Ivo M. Raimundo; Boris Mizaikoff
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Paper Abstract

Breath analysis is an attractive non-invasive strategy for early disease recognition or diagnosis, and for therapeutic progression monitoring, as quantitative compositional analysis of breath can be related to biomarker panels provided by a specific physiological condition invoked by e.g., pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, breast cancer, and others. As exhaled breath contains comprehensive information on e.g., the metabolic state, and since in particular volatile organic constituents (VOCs) in exhaled breath may be indicative of certain disease states, analytical techniques for advanced breath diagnostics should be capable of sufficient molecular discrimination and quantification of constituents at ppm-ppb - or even lower - concentration levels. While individual analytical techniques such as e.g., mid-infrared spectroscopy may provide access to a range of relevant molecules, some IR-inactive constituents require the combination of IR sensing schemes with orthogonal analytical tools for extended molecular coverage. Combining mid-infrared hollow waveguides (HWGs) with luminescence sensors (LS) appears particularly attractive, as these complementary analytical techniques allow to simultaneously analyze total CO2 (via luminescence), the 12CO2/13CO2 tracer-to-tracee (TTR) ratio (via IR), selected VOCs (via IR) and O2 (via luminescence) in exhaled breath, yet, establishing a single diagnostic platform as both sensors simultaneously interact with the same breath sample volume. In the present study, we take advantage of a particularly compact (shoebox-size) FTIR spectrometer combined with novel substrate-integrated hollow waveguide (iHWG) recently developed by our research team, and miniaturized fiberoptic luminescence sensors for establishing a multi-constituent breath analysis tool that is ideally compatible with mouse intensive care stations (MICU). Given the low tidal volume and flow of exhaled mouse breath, the TTR is usually determined after sample collection via gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometric detection. Here, we aim at potentially continuously analyzing the TTR via iHWGs and LS flow-through sensors requiring only minute (< 1 mL) sample volumes. Furthermore, this study explores non-linearities observed for the calibration functions of 12CO2 and 13CO2 potentially resulting from effects related to optical collision diameters e.g., in presence of molecular oxygen. It is anticipated that the simultaneous continuous analysis of oxygen via LS will facilitate the correction of these effects after inclusion within appropriate multivariate calibration models, thus providing more reliable and robust calibration schemes for continuously monitoring relevant breath constituents.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8570, Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems V, 85700Q (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2011734
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Paula R. Fortes, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Andreas Wilk, Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Felicia Seichter, Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Merima Cajlakovic, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
Stefan Koestler, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
Volker Ribitsch, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria)
Ulrich Wachter, Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Josef Vogt, Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Peter Radermacher, Univ. Ulm (Germany)
Chance Carter, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ivo M. Raimundo, Univ. Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Boris Mizaikoff, Univ. Ulm (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8570:
Frontiers in Biological Detection: From Nanosensors to Systems V
Benjamin L. Miller; Philippe M. Fauchet, Editor(s)

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