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Development of an Electrochemical Biosensor for the Rapid Detection of Naphthalene Acetic Acid in Fruits by Using Air Stable Lipid Films with Incorporated Auxin-Binding Protein 1 Receptor

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This work describes the investigations of electrochemical interactions of naphthalene acetic acid (NAA) with stabilized lipid films supported on a methacrylate polymer on a glass fiber filter with incorporated auxin-binding protein 1 receptor for the development of a biosensor for the rapid detection of this compound in fruits. NAA was injected into the flowing streams of a carrier electrolyte solution, the flow of the electrolyte solution stops and an ion current transient was obtained; the magnitude of the signal was correlated to NAA concentration, which could be determined at the micromolar level. NAA preconcentrates at the lipid membrane surface which causes dynamic alterations of the electrostatic fields and phase structure of membranes. The response times were ca. 5 min and naphthalene acetic acid was determined at concentration levels of μM. The effect of potent interferences included a wide range of compounds. The results showed no interferences from these compounds in concentration levels usually found in real samples. The method was applied for the determination of NAA in fruits and the reproducibility of the method was checked in about 100 samples. A quantitative method for the detection of NAA in fruits that can be complimentary to HPLC methods is provided in the present paper. These lipid films can be used as portable sensors for the rapid detection of NAA in fruits by non-skilled personnel.

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Keywords: Stabilized lipid films; auxin-binding protein 1; biosensor; electrochemistry; naphthalene acetic acid

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-08-01

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