Alicia E. Gardiol, Ruben J. Hernandez, Bengt Reinhammar, Bruce R. Harte
Abstract:A gas-phase oxygen biosensor based on blue copper-containing oxidases was developed. Blue-oxidase enzymes, including laccase and ascorbate oxidase, have a blue chromophore prosthetic group, type 1 Cu+2, which can be reduced and decolorized with reducing substrates. When the enzyme is reoxidized with molecular oxygen, there is a concomitant return of the blue color. The oxygen biosensor consisted of the Rhus vernicifera laccase and ascorbate as substrate enclosed in pouches of low-density polyethylene under nit…
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