Natural oxidase-mimicking copper-organic frameworks for targeted identification of ascorbate in sensitive sweat sensing

Nat Commun. 2023 Jan 5;14(1):69. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-35721-4.


Sweat sensors play a significant role in personalized healthcare by dynamically monitoring biochemical markers to detect individual physiological status. The specific response to the target biomolecules usually depends on natural oxidase, but it is susceptible to external interference. In this work, we report tryptophan- and histidine-treated copper metal-organic frameworks (Cu-MOFs). This amino-functionalized copper-organic framework shows highly selective activity for ascorbate oxidation and can serve as an efficient ascorbate oxidase-mimicking material in sensitive sweat sensors. Experiments and calculation results elucidate that the introduced tryptophan/histidine fundamentally regulates the adsorption behaviors of biomolecules, enabling ascorbate to be selectively captured from complex sweat and further efficiently electrooxidized. This work provides not only a paradigm for specifically sweat sensing but also a significant understanding of natural oxidase-inspired MOF nanoenzymes for sensing technologies and beyond.

PMID:36604444 | PMC:PMC9814535 | DOI:10.1038/s41467-022-35721-4


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