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Current Pharmaceutical Analysis


ISSN (Print): 1573-4129
ISSN (Online): 1875-676X

Research Article

A Suitable Immunosensor for Chloramphenicol Determination: Study of Two Different Competitive Formats

Author(s): Elisabetta Martini, Mauro Tomassetti*, Riccardo Angeloni, Mauro Castrucci and Luigi Campanella

Volume 16, Issue 4, 2020

Page: [412 - 423] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1573412915666190225163036

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Background: A deep analytical study was performed on two different formats based on a “competitive” ELISA-type assay to develop a suitable, sensitive and cheap immune device for chloramphenicol determination that could be advantageously applied to the analysis of real matrices (pharmaceutical, food and environmental).

Methods: To this purpose peroxidase enzyme as a marker and an amperometric electrode for hydrogen peroxide, as a transducer, were used. Through the first competitive format, chloramphenicol determination was based on the competition between chloramphenicol and conjugated with biotin-avidinperoxidase chloramphenicol, both free in solution, for anti-chloramphenicol immobilized in the membrane, while the second competitive format was based on the competition between free in solution chloramphenicol and immobilized in membrane one, for anti-chloramphenicol biotin-avidin-peroxidase conjugated free in solution.

Results: The immunosensor was optimized by comparing the two used different “competitive” working formats on the basis of respective Kaff values, that were found to be about 105 and 104 (mol L-1)-1. The developed immune device displayed good selectivity for Chloramphenicol and LOD (limit of detection) was of the order of 10-9 mol L-1. The immunosensor was also used to test the presence of Chloramphenicol in real matrices such as cow milk, river wastewater and pharmaceutical formulations; recovery tests, using the standard addition method, gave satisfactory results.

Conclusion: The results proved the validity of this immune device based on the competition between chloramphenicol and conjugated chloramphenicol obtained using biotin-avidin-peroxidase format, by which it is possible to carry out the analysis of chloramphenicol in milk and in river waste-waters with a % RSD ≤ 5 and with recovery values between 96% and 103%.

Keywords: Chloramphenicol antibiotic, immunosensor, competitive format method optimization, cow milk, river waste-water, pharmaceutical formulation, analysis.

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