Biotin determination in food supplements by an electrochemical magneto biosensor

Silvina V. Kergaravat, Gabriel A. Gómez, Silvia N. Fabiano, Tamara I. Laube Chávez, María I. Pividori, Silvia R. Hernández

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An electrochemical magneto biosensor for the rapid determination of biotin in food samples is reported. The affinity reaction was performed on streptavidin-modified magnetic microbeads as a solid support in a direct competitive format. The biotinylated horseradish peroxidase enzyme (biotin-HRP) competes with free biotin in the sample for the binding sites of streptavidin on the magnetic microbeads. The modified magnetic beads were then easily captured by a magneto graphite-epoxy composite electrode and the electrochemical signal was based on the enzymatic activity of the HRP enzyme under the addition of H2O2 as the substrate and o-phenilendiamine as cosubstrate. The response was electrochemically detected by square wave voltammetry. The limit of detection was 8.4×10-8 mol L -1 of biotin (20 μg L-1) with a dynamic range from 0.94 to 2.4×10-7 mol L-1. Biotin-fortified commercial dietary supplement and infant formula samples were evaluated obtaining good performances in the results. Total time of analysis was 40 min per 20 assays. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-490
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2012


  • Biotin
  • Competitive assay
  • Electrochemical magneto biosensor
  • Food samples
  • Magnetic beads


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