Author(s): Chouteau C, Dzyadevych S, Durrieu C, Chovelon JM
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Abstract A conductometric biosensor using immobilised Chlorella vulgaris microalgae as bioreceptors was used as a bi-enzymatic biosensor. Algae were immobilised inside bovine serum albumin membranes reticulated with glutaraldehyde vapours deposited on interdigitated conductometric electrodes. Local conductivity variations caused by algae alkaline phosphatase and acetylcholinesterase activities could be detected. These two enzymes are known to be inhibited by distinct families of toxic compounds: heavy metals for alkaline phosphatase, carbamates and organophosphorous (OP) pesticides for acetylcholinesterase. The bi-enzymatic biosensors were tested to study the influence of heavy metal ions and pesticides on the corresponding enzyme. It has finally appeared that these biosensors are quite sensitive to Cd2+ and Zn2+ (limits of detection (LOD) = 10 ppb for a 30 min long exposure) while Pb2+ gives no significant inhibition as this ion seems to adsorb on albumin preferably. For pesticides, first experiments showed that paraoxon-methyl inhibits C. vulgaris AChE contrary to parathion-methyl and carbofuran. Biosensors were then exposed to different mixtures (Cd2+/Zn2+, Cd2+/paraoxon-methyl) but no synergetic or antagonist effect could be observed. A good repeatability could be achieve with biosensors since the relative standard deviation did not exceed 8\% while response time was 5-7 min. A comparison between inhibition levels obtained with biosensors (after a 30 min long exposure) and bioassays (after a 240 min long exposure) has finally shown a similar LOD for both Cd and Zn (LOD = 10 ppb).
This article was published in Biosens Bioelectron
and referenced in Journal of Biosensors & Bioelectronics