Développement d’un capteur à base de polymère à empreintes moléculaires pour la quantification de la sphingosine 1-phosphate libre et circulante comme biomarqueur du mélanome cutané

Maxime Sahun 1
1 LAAS-ELIA - Équipe Ingénierie pour les sciences du vivant
LAAS - Laboratoire d'analyse et d'architecture des systèmes [Toulouse]
Abstract : Melanoma is the most aggressive and severe form of cutaneous cancer due to its high metastatic potential. However, to date, no marker for the early detection of melanoma has been unanimously accepted. Our group has demonstrated that ceramide metabolism is strongly altered in melanoma, leading to the overproduction of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), one of its derivatives. S1P is secreted by melanoma cells and has been identified as a critical molecule of tumor microenvironment remodeling that supports cancer progression. Physiologically, circulating S1P is predominantly linked to high density lipoproteins (HDLs), low and very low density lipoproteins (LDLs and VLDLs), as well as albumin. Melanoma cells produce unbound S1P that could be responsible for the effects induced by this lysophospholipid on the tumor microenvironment, as a result of its binding to S1PR receptors present on the surface of stromal cells. Thus, secreted tumor S1P could represent a new biomarker for the early detection of melanoma. However, there are currently no means to quantify it. The goal of this interdisciplinary work was to develop a new sensor based on a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) in order to quantify unbound S1P present in the blood of melanoma patients. This study has been conducted between the “Engineering for Life science Applications (EliA)” group at the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS) and the “Sphingolipids, metabolism, cell death and tumor progression” group at the Cancer Research Center of Toulouse (CRCT), in strong collaboration with the team “Biomimetism and Bioinspired Structures” of the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC). First, we synthesized a new MIP against S1P employing a bulk thermopolymerization approach. The resulting MIP was characterized and optimized by performing both mass spectrometry and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements. It was compared to a Non Imprinted Polymer (NIP) and exposed to S1P analogues to assess its selectivity. Second, in order to use the MIP as the sensitive layer of a future sensor and prepare its immobilization and structuration onto a transducer, we synthesized a new surface photopolymerizable MIP. This MIP was first structured by photolithography onto silicon substrates and validated by fluorescence microscopy measurements. The MIP was also structured as a thin layer onto Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) chips in order to validate its binding capacities using this label-free method. Finally, the use of a MIP-coated optical fiber as an infrared sensor was explored, with the aim of detecting S1P in blood using Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) spectroscopy.
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Micro et nanotechnologies/Microélectronique. Université de Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier, 2017. Français
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Maxime Sahun. Développement d’un capteur à base de polymère à empreintes moléculaires pour la quantification de la sphingosine 1-phosphate libre et circulante comme biomarqueur du mélanome cutané. Micro et nanotechnologies/Microélectronique. Université de Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier, 2017. Français. 〈tel-01660830〉

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