Handheld FRET-Aptamer Sensor for Bone Markers

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CB01C
Agency Tracking Number: 074375
Amount: $599,983.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: X12.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Operational Technologies Corporation
4100 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX, 78229-4253
Duns: 154088710
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bruno
 Principal Investigator
 (210) 731-0015
Business Contact
 Judson Miner
Title: Business Official
Phone: (210) 731-0000
Email: jay.miner@otcorp.com
Research Institution
Astronauts lose significant bone mass during lengthy spaceflights. Although, no effective treatments or prophylactics have yet been defined, it is important to monitor bone loss during missions. As such, the sensor must be compact and facile to operate in spacecraft. Operational Technologies Corp. (OpTech) proposes to complete development of its successful Phase I competitive fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-aptamer assays for several bone loss markers and calcidiol. In Phase I, OpTech developed several rapid (15 minutes) specific competitive polyclonal FRET-aptamer assays with low nanogram/ml sensitivity. OpTech also cloned and sequenced 110 bone marker and calcidiol aptamers which will be individually screened in Phase II for optimal FRET assay performance. During Phase II, OpTech will shift its FRET to emit in the red (> 600 nm) to avoid the intrinsic fluorescence of urine and serum. OpTech will also lyophilize and package optimized FRET-aptamer assays for use with a bubble-free plastic cuvette and body fluid collection system. The assay system will be coupled to a modified version of the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Picofluor[TM] handheld battery-operated fluorometer customized to detect bone markers and calcidiol in body fluids. OpTech will deliver the packaged assays, handheld reader and software to NASA for testing.

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