Sensors 2013, 13(12), 16292-16311; doi:10.3390/s131216292
Review

Aptamer-Based Analysis: A Promising Alternative for Food Safety Control

Departamento de Química-Física y Analítica, Universidad de Oviedo, Julián Clavería, 8, Oviedo 33006, Spain
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Received: 31 October 2013; in revised form: 20 November 2013 / Accepted: 21 November 2013 / Published: 28 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aptasensors)
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Abstract: Ensuring food safety is nowadays a top priority of authorities and professional players in the food supply chain. One of the key challenges to determine the safety of food and guarantee a high level of consumer protection is the availability of fast, sensitive and reliable analytical methods to identify specific hazards associated to food before they become a health problem. The limitations of existing methods have encouraged the development of new technologies, among them biosensors. Success in biosensor design depends largely on the development of novel receptors with enhanced affinity to the target, while being stable and economical. Aptamers fulfill these characteristics, and thus have surfaced as promising alternatives to natural receptors. This Review describes analytical strategies developed so far using aptamers for the control of pathogens, allergens, adulterants, toxins and other forbidden contaminants to ensure food safety. The main progresses to date are presented, highlighting potential prospects for the future.
Keywords: aptamers; allergens; emerging contaminants; food safety; natural toxins; pathogens

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Amaya-González, S.; de-los-Santos-Álvarez, N.; Miranda-Ordieres, A.J.; Lobo-Castañón, M.J. Aptamer-Based Analysis: A Promising Alternative for Food Safety Control. Sensors 2013, 13, 16292-16311.

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Amaya-González S, de-los-Santos-Álvarez N, Miranda-Ordieres AJ, Lobo-Castañón MJ. Aptamer-Based Analysis: A Promising Alternative for Food Safety Control. Sensors. 2013; 13(12):16292-16311.

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Amaya-González, Sonia; de-los-Santos-Álvarez, Noemí; Miranda-Ordieres, Arturo J.; Lobo-Castañón, María J. 2013. "Aptamer-Based Analysis: A Promising Alternative for Food Safety Control." Sensors 13, no. 12: 16292-16311.

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