Prototype amperometric biosensor for sialic acid determination

Sayed A.M. Marzouk, S. S. Ashraf, Khawla A. Al Tayyari

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This paper describes the first report on the development, characterization, and applications of a prototype amperometric biosensor for free sialic acid (SA). The sensor was constructed by the coimmobilization of two enzymes, i.e., N-acetylneuraminic acid aldolase and pyruvate oxidase, on a polyester microporous membrane, which was then mounted on top of a platinum disk electrode. The SA biosensor operation was based on the sequential action of the two enzymes to ultimately produce hydrogen peroxide, which was then detected by anodic amperometry at the platinum electrode. The surface of the platinum electrode was coated with an electropolymeric layer to enhance the biosensor selectivity in the presence of interfering oxidizable species. Optimization of the enzyme layer composition resulted in a fast and steady current response in phosphate buffer pH 7.2 at 37 °C. The limit of detection was 10 μM, and the response was linear to 3.5 mM (r = 0.9987). The prepared SA biosensors retained ∼85% of their initial sensitivity after 8 days and showed excellent response reproducibility (CV = 2.3%). Utilization of a third enzyme, sialidase, expanded the scope of the present SA biosensor to determine bound sialic acid as well. The merits of the described biosensor allowed its successful application in determining SA in biological and pharmaceutical samples. The obtained results indicated that the presented SA biosensor should be a useful bioanalytical tool in several biological and clinical applications such as screening of SA as a non-specific tumor marker as well as monitoring of tumor therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1668-1674
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 15 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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