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We report a novel high-throughput (HTP) protein chip platform, constructed on gold using self-assembly techniques, for conducting high quality antigen-antibody interactions. Biotinylated monolayers were used to immobilize a streptavidin surface with high packing density. This biocompatible platform was then used for detection of serum IgM antibodies. Serum samples of patients suspected to suffer from
Lyme borreliosis were used to validate the protein chip platform using biotinylated peptide AAOspC8 molecules as the test probes. Various experimental parameters such as the effect of concentration of probes, targets, temperature of incubation, and their effect on the resulting signal-to-noise ratio are described in detail. Highly specific protein interaction data with a high signal-to-noise ratio were obtained with serum sample solutions as low as 1 microL/spot (1/10 diluted).