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Paper Device Rapidly Measures Lithium Levels in Blood
Paper Device Rapidly Measures Lithium Levels in Blood Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a paper-based point-of-caredevice which can measure lithium levels in a drop of blood. The device couldhelp patients with bipolar disorder to keep track of their blood lithium levels.

Lithium carbonate is used to treat bipolar disorder, but must be administered carefully as the concentration range in which the drug is therapeutically active is close to its toxic range. This means that patients require regular blood tests to make sure that they are not receiving too high a dose of the drug.

At present, these blood tests need large blood samples and expensive equipment to run, and not all testing labs can perform them. To address this, the Japanese researchers have developed an inexpensive paper-based device to detect lithium in the blood, which could be used in a doctor’s office, or even at home by a patient. colorimetric detection unit displays diagnostic colors depending on the concentration of lithium ion. F28 tetraphenylporphyrin is used for the detection reagent. (Komatsu T. et al., ACS Sensors, April 23, 2020)
The device requiresa small drop of blood and consists of two units. The first acts to draw bloodalong and separate it into its constituent components, whereby plasma isallowed to progress to the second unit where a color change occurs depending onthe concentration of lithium.

By coating a hydrophobic ink onto the high-purity cotton blotting paper the device is made from, the researchers created a surface that readily absorbs the blood but guides it to the areas where it is required, making liquid handling easier for the user.

Once a drop of blood is added to the unit, it takes only a minute for the device to provide a result. A regular digital camera can be used to image the color change, which is then analyzed. So far, the researchers have shown that the test is similar in accuracy when compared with conventional lab equipment.

“The deviceprovides an alternative method for regularly monitoring lithium ionconcentrations when treating bipolar disorder patients,” said Manabu Tokeshi, aresearcher involved in the study. “In the future, we hope to develop asmartphone app for the image analysis so patients themselves or non-medicalworkers can check the lithium ion concentration in the blood.”

Study in ACS Sensors: Paper-Based Devicefor the Facile Colorimetric Determination of Lithium Ions in Human Whole Blood

Via: HokkaidoUniversity

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