Commercially available, near-infrared fluorescent squaraine dyes (Seta-635 and Seta-670) were covalently bound to antibodies and employed in surface enhanced immunoassay. From fluorescence intensity and lifetime changes determined for a surface which had been coated with silver nanoparticles as well as a non-coated glass surface, both labeled compounds exhibited a 15- to 20-fold enhancement of fluorescence...
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