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Toxins 2018, 10(8), 329;

A Novel Sensitive Cell-Based Immunoenzymatic Assay for Palytoxin Quantitation in Mussels

Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, 34127 Trieste, Italy
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ft. Detrick, MD 21701-5011, USA
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Received: 26 July 2018 / Revised: 8 August 2018 / Accepted: 10 August 2018 / Published: 14 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Marine and Freshwater Toxins)
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The marine algal toxin palytoxin (PLTX) and its analogues are some of the most toxic marine compounds. Their accumulation in edible marine organisms and entrance into the food chain represent their main concerns for human health. Indeed, several fatal human poisonings attributed to these compounds have been recorded in tropical and subtropical areas. Due to the increasing occurrence of PLTX in temperate areas such as the Mediterranean Sea, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has suggested a maximum limit of 30 µg PLTX/kg in shellfish meat, and has recommended the development of rapid, specific, and sensitive methods for detection and quantitation of PLTX in seafood. Thus, a novel, sensitive cell-based ELISA was developed and characterized for PLTX quantitation in mussels. The estimated limits of detection (LOD) and quantitation (LOQ) were 1.2 × 10−11 M (32.2 pg/mL) and 2.8 × 10−11 M (75.0 pg/mL), respectively, with good accuracy (bias = 2.5%) and repeatability (15% and 9% interday and intraday relative standard deviation of repeatability (RSDr), respectively). Minimal interference of 80% aqueous methanol extract allows PLTX quantitation in mussels at concentrations lower than the maximum limit suggested by EFSA, with an LOQ of 9.1 µg PLTX equivalent/kg mussel meat. Given its high sensitivity and specificity, the cell-based ELISA should be considered a suitable method for PLTX quantitation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Palytoxin; mussels; cell-based ELISA Palytoxin; mussels; cell-based ELISA

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Pelin, M.; Sosa, S.; Brovedani, V.; Fusco, L.; Poli, M.; Tubaro, A. A Novel Sensitive Cell-Based Immunoenzymatic Assay for Palytoxin Quantitation in Mussels. Toxins 2018, 10, 329.

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