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Food Chem. 2012 Dec 1;135(3):1323-9. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.05.060. Epub 2012 May 19.

Sensitive detection of ochratoxin A in wine and cereals using fluorescence-based immunosensing.

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School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Technology, Katayanagi Institute 1404-1 Katakura, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0982, Japan. beatriups@gmail.com

Abstract

Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a mycotoxin found in a wide range of food and feedstuffs. Intake of OTA-contaminated food causes health concern due to the harmful effects reported on humans and animals. Much effort is currently devoted to set up and optimise highly sensitive and accurate methods of OTA analysis. This work describes the comparison of fluorescence-based immunosensing strategies for the analysis of OTA. First, an indirect competitive fluoroimmunoassay was designed and optimised. The assay enabled the quantification of the toxin at the levels set by the European legislation. Then, a flow-immunoassay based on kinetic exclusion measurements was developed. It showed the theoretical lowest limit of detection enabled by the affinity of the anti-OTA antibody (IC(80)=12ngL(-1) in the assay solution). Wine and cereal samples were analysed using the optimised flow system. No significant matrix effects were observed after simple pre-treatment of wine and OTA extraction from corn-flakes samples. This simple and highly sensitive automated biosensing-system allows OTA quantification in food and beverages. It is envisaged as a powerful tool for rapid and reliable toxin screening.

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22953861
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10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.05.060
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