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Biosensors 2016, 6(3), 33;

Impedimetric Label-Free Immunosensor on Disposable Modified Screen-Printed Electrodes for Ochratoxin A

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano SA, Italy
Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems of the National Council of Research (CNR), 80131 Napoli, Italy
Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the National Council of Research (CNR), 00015 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Jeff D. Newman
Received: 10 May 2016 / Revised: 7 June 2016 / Accepted: 23 June 2016 / Published: 30 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Screen-Printed Electrodes and Sensors)
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An impedimetric label-free immunosensor on disposable screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCE) for quantitative determination of Ochratoxin A (OTA) has been developed. After modification of the SPCE surface with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), the anti-OTA was immobilized on the working electrode through a cysteamine layer. After each coating step, the modified surfaces were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The capacitance was chosen as the best parameter that describes the reproducible change in electrical properties of the electrode surface at different OTA concentrations and it was used to investigate the analytical parameters of the developed immunosensor. Under optimized conditions, the immunosensor showed a linear relationship between 0.3 and 20 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 0.25 ng/mL, making it suitable to control OTA content in many common food products. Lastly, the immunosensor was used to measure OTA in red wine samples and the results were compared with those registered with a competitive ELISA kit. The immunosensor was sensitive to OTA lower than 2 μg/kg, which represents the lower acceptable limit of OTA established by European legislation for common food products. View Full-Text
Keywords: immunosensor; screen printed electrodes; Ochratoxin A; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy immunosensor; screen printed electrodes; Ochratoxin A; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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Malvano, F.; Albanese, D.; Crescitelli, A.; Pilloton, R.; Esposito, E. Impedimetric Label-Free Immunosensor on Disposable Modified Screen-Printed Electrodes for Ochratoxin A. Biosensors 2016, 6, 33.

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