Bonnez et al. (2023) RPTH 7, DOI: 10.1016/j.rpth.2023.102171
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is characterized by severe ADAMTS-13 activity deficiency (<10%). Diagnostic testing is challenging because of unavailability, high cost, and expert technician requirement of ADAMTS-13 enzyme assays. Cost-effective, automated fiber-optic surface plasmon resonance (FO-SPR) platforms show potential for developing diagnostic tests. Yet, FO-SPR has never been explored to measure enzymatic activities.
A fast ADAMTS-13 activity assay was designed onto automated FO-SPR technology. Optimization resulted in sensitive ADAMTS-13 activity measurements with a detection limit enabling clinical diagnosis of TTP within 3 hours. The FO-SPR assay proved strong correlation with the reference FRETS-VWF73 assay. For the first time, this assay demonstrated the capacity of FO-SPR technology to measure enzymatic activity in pre-clinical context.