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Evaluation of Aflatoxin B1 - Acetylcholinesterase Dissociation Kinetic Using the Amperometric Biosensor Technology: Prospect for Toxicity Mechanism

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Aflatoxins are group of secondary metabolites from moulds. The main toxic effect of alfatoxins on body is based on metabolic activation on cytochrome P450 system. Recently, some studies appointed at anticholinergic properties of aflatoxins and inhibition of acetylcholinesterases (AChE) was described. Inhibition is reversible; however, some questions arose. Is the interaction firmly enough to prevent distribution of aflatoxins in body? Could be AChE considered as a scavenger of aflatoxins? Amperometric biosensor with immobilized acetylcholinesterase was used for evaluation of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) - AChE complex spontaneous dissociation, where AFB1 acts as an inhibitor. Displacement of solution with substrate and AFB1 by the intact one enabled estimation of dissociation kinetics. The dissociation rate constant kdis was found 0.0047 ± 0.0005 s-1. The half time (t1/2) of complex dissociation was 146 s. The achieved data appoint at fact that AChE could allow to distribute aflatoxins in body instead acting as a scavenger. Analytical impact of study is discussed, too.

Keywords: Aflatoxin; biosensor; cholinesterase; inhibition; mycotoxin

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2010

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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