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Sensors 2008, 8(12), 8262-8274; doi:10.3390/s8128262
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Electrochemical Immunosensor Based on Polythionine/Gold Nanoparticles for the Determination of Aflatoxin B1

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SensorLab, Department of Chemistry, University of Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, Cape Town, South Africa
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Received: 19 September 2008 / Revised: 1 December 2008 / Accepted: 2 December 2008 / Published: 15 December 2008
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Toxin Sensors)
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Abstract

An aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) electrochemical immunosensor was developed by the immobilisation of aflatoxin B1-bovine serum albumin (AFB1-BSA) conjugate on a polythionine (PTH)/gold nanoparticles (AuNP)-modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The surface of the AFB1-BSA conjugate was covered with horseradish peroxidase (HRP), in order to prevent non-specific binding of the immunosensors with ions in the test solution. The AFB1 immunosensor exhibited a quasi-reversible electrochemistry as indicated by a cyclic voltammetric (CV) peak separation (ΔEp) value of 62 mV. The experimental procedure for the detection of AFB1 involved the setting up of a competition between free AFB1 and the immobilised AFB1-BSA conjugate for the binding sites of free anti-aflatoxin B1 (anti-AFB1) antibody. The immunosensor’s differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) responses (peak currents) decreased as the concentration of free AFB1 increased within a dynamic linear range (DLR) of 0.6 - 2.4 ng/mL AFB1 and a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.07 ng/mL AFB1. This immunosensing procedure eliminates the need for enzyme-labeled secondary antibodies normally used in conventional ELISA–based immunosensors.
Keywords: Immunosensor; Gold nanoparticles; Aflatoxin B1; Polythionine; Horseradish peroxidise (HRP) Immunosensor; Gold nanoparticles; Aflatoxin B1; Polythionine; Horseradish peroxidise (HRP)
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Owino, J.H.; Arotiba, O.A.; Hendricks, N.; Songa, E.A.; Jahed, N.; Waryo, T.T.; Ngece, R.F.; Baker, P.G...; Iwuoha, E.I. Electrochemical Immunosensor Based on Polythionine/Gold Nanoparticles for the Determination of Aflatoxin B1. Sensors 2008, 8, 8262-8274.

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