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Talanta. 2016;146:394-400. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2015.08.049. Epub 2015 Sep 4.

Phage-free peptide ELISA for ochratoxin A detection based on biotinylated mimotope as a competing antigen.

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State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Nanchang University, 235 Nanjing East Road, Nanchang 330047, China.
Key Laboratory of Functional Small Organic Molecule (Ministry of Education), Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China.
State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Nanchang University, 235 Nanjing East Road, Nanchang 330047, China. Electronic address:


To perform the biopanning of a mimotope peptide with reduced affinity to anti-ochratoxin A (OTA) monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), we executed two improved biopanning approaches with a commercial 7-mer peptide library. In the first approach, anti-mouse IgG antibodies were used to erect the anti-OTA mAbs; in the second approach, an ultralow OTA concentration (0.1 ng/mL) was used to perform the competitive elution of phage particles. After the fourth round of biopanning was completed, 30 identified clones were positive phage particles; of these phage particles, 16 exhibited strong competitive inhibition with a low OTA concentration of 0.1 ng/mL. DNA sequencing results revealed that the 16 phage particles represented six different peptide sequences. Among these particles, the phage particle with a peptide sequence of "GMVQTIF" showed the highest sensitivity to OTA detection. The biotinylated 12-mer peptide "GMVQTIF-GGGSK-biotin" was designed as a competing antigen to develop a competitive peptide ELISA. Under the optimal parameters, the proposed peptide ELISA with the biotinylated 12-mer peptide as a competing antigen exhibited good dynamic linear detection for OTA in the range of 0.005 ng/mL-0.2 ng/mL with a detection limit of 0.001 ng/mL. The median inhibition concentration of OTA was 0.024 ng/mL (n=6), which is approximately fivefold more efficient as a competing antigen than the OTA-HRP conjugates. Reaction kinetics revealed that the biotinylated 12-mer peptide exhibited lower affinity to anti-OTA mAbs than the conventional chemical OTA antigen. The practicality of the proposed peptide ELISA was compared with a conventional ELISA method. In summary, this study demonstrated a novel concept of the development of phage-free peptide ELISA for the detection of OTA by using a biotinylated mimotope peptide as a competing antigen. This novel strategy can be applied to sensitively detect other toxic small molecules during food safety monitoring.


Mimotope; OTA; Peptide ELISA; Phage display random library

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