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Opening Study on the Development of a New Biosensor for Metal Toxicity Based on Pseudomonas fluorescens Pyoverdine.

Chiadò A, Varani L, Bosco F, Marmo L - Biosensors (Basel) (2013)

Bottom Line: To date, different kinds of biosensing elements have been used effectively for environmental monitoring.Each of these variables has been shown to influence the synthesis of siderophore: for instance, the lower the temperature, the higher the production of pyoverdine.Moreover, the concentration of pyoverdine produced in the presence of metals has been compared with the maximum allowable concentrations indicated in international regulations (e.g., 98/83/EC), and a correlation that could be useful to build a colorimetric biosensor has been observed.

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Affiliation: Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, 10129, Torino, Italy. alessandro.chiado@polito.it.

ABSTRACT
To date, different kinds of biosensing elements have been used effectively for environmental monitoring. Microbial cells seem to be well-suited for this task: they are cheap, adaptable to variable field conditions and give a measurable response to a broad number of chemicals. Among different pollutants, heavy metals are still a major problem for the environment. A reasonable starting point for the selection of a biorecognition element to develop a biosensor for metals could be that of a microorganism that exhibits good mechanisms to cope with metals. Pseudomonads are characterized by the secretion of siderophores (e.g., pyoverdine), low-molecular weight compounds that chelate Fe3+ during iron starvation. Pyoverdine is easily detected by colorimetric assay, and it is suitable for simple online measurements. In this work, in order to evaluate pyoverdine as a biorecognition element for metal detection, the influence of metal ions (Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+), but also of temperature, pH and nutrients, on microbial growth and pyoverdine regulation has been studied in P. fluorescens. Each of these variables has been shown to influence the synthesis of siderophore: for instance, the lower the temperature, the higher the production of pyoverdine. Moreover, the concentration of pyoverdine produced in the presence of metals has been compared with the maximum allowable concentrations indicated in international regulations (e.g., 98/83/EC), and a correlation that could be useful to build a colorimetric biosensor has been observed.

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Cultures performed at 20 and 30 °C: (a) pH trends and C source concentration; (b) biomass growth and pyoverdine behavior.
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biosensors-03-00385-f002: Cultures performed at 20 and 30 °C: (a) pH trends and C source concentration; (b) biomass growth and pyoverdine behavior.

Mentions: Temperature was the second physical-chemical parameter that was evaluated. Tests were performed in BOD bottles (500 mL) and in baffled Erlenmeyer flasks (500 mL), over a 15–30 °C range, to assess the effect of temperature on growth and siderophore production, under different agitation conditions. Biomass growth and siderophore production were higher in the 15–20 °C range in both experimental devices. The pyoverdine content was three to ten times higher than in the cultures maintained at 25–30 °C. An example of the culture set-up in baffled Erlenmeyer flasks is reported in Figure 2.


Opening Study on the Development of a New Biosensor for Metal Toxicity Based on Pseudomonas fluorescens Pyoverdine.

Chiadò A, Varani L, Bosco F, Marmo L - Biosensors (Basel) (2013)

Cultures performed at 20 and 30 °C: (a) pH trends and C source concentration; (b) biomass growth and pyoverdine behavior.
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biosensors-03-00385-f002: Cultures performed at 20 and 30 °C: (a) pH trends and C source concentration; (b) biomass growth and pyoverdine behavior.
Mentions: Temperature was the second physical-chemical parameter that was evaluated. Tests were performed in BOD bottles (500 mL) and in baffled Erlenmeyer flasks (500 mL), over a 15–30 °C range, to assess the effect of temperature on growth and siderophore production, under different agitation conditions. Biomass growth and siderophore production were higher in the 15–20 °C range in both experimental devices. The pyoverdine content was three to ten times higher than in the cultures maintained at 25–30 °C. An example of the culture set-up in baffled Erlenmeyer flasks is reported in Figure 2.

Bottom Line: To date, different kinds of biosensing elements have been used effectively for environmental monitoring.Each of these variables has been shown to influence the synthesis of siderophore: for instance, the lower the temperature, the higher the production of pyoverdine.Moreover, the concentration of pyoverdine produced in the presence of metals has been compared with the maximum allowable concentrations indicated in international regulations (e.g., 98/83/EC), and a correlation that could be useful to build a colorimetric biosensor has been observed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, 10129, Torino, Italy. alessandro.chiado@polito.it.

ABSTRACT
To date, different kinds of biosensing elements have been used effectively for environmental monitoring. Microbial cells seem to be well-suited for this task: they are cheap, adaptable to variable field conditions and give a measurable response to a broad number of chemicals. Among different pollutants, heavy metals are still a major problem for the environment. A reasonable starting point for the selection of a biorecognition element to develop a biosensor for metals could be that of a microorganism that exhibits good mechanisms to cope with metals. Pseudomonads are characterized by the secretion of siderophores (e.g., pyoverdine), low-molecular weight compounds that chelate Fe3+ during iron starvation. Pyoverdine is easily detected by colorimetric assay, and it is suitable for simple online measurements. In this work, in order to evaluate pyoverdine as a biorecognition element for metal detection, the influence of metal ions (Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+), but also of temperature, pH and nutrients, on microbial growth and pyoverdine regulation has been studied in P. fluorescens. Each of these variables has been shown to influence the synthesis of siderophore: for instance, the lower the temperature, the higher the production of pyoverdine. Moreover, the concentration of pyoverdine produced in the presence of metals has been compared with the maximum allowable concentrations indicated in international regulations (e.g., 98/83/EC), and a correlation that could be useful to build a colorimetric biosensor has been observed.

No MeSH data available.


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