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18 May 2010 Possibility of improvement of hemoglobin properties as biosensors' detection element
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Biosensors are finding numerous applications in clinical diagnosis, drug discovery, biotechnology, environmental monitoring and etc. Hemoglobin (Hb), a natural heme containing protein, exhibits enzymatic activity towards hydrogen peroxide, which is possible to improve by altering the heme orientation and/or changing the microenvironment in the vicinity of the heme sites. It was shown that hypericin (HY), a naphthodianthrone from Hipericum perforatum and a potent photosensitizer, interacts with Hb and causes conformational changes of the protein. These results were gained both in dark and under visible light exposure by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. It was shown that photodynamic influence of HY leads to Hb absorption decrease at Soret band, depending on HY concentration and irradiation doze. Excitation of Hb/HY complexes leads to reduction of some emission peaks, correlating with the concentration of HY, incubation and irradiation time. The incubation and irradiation of complexes leads to an increase in electrophoretic mobility of Hb and its peroxidase activity. Under the HY influence Hb properties as a hydrogen peroxide detector could be improved and an effective determination of peroxide formation could be achieved. This makes Hb an attractive 'recognition' element for construction of third-generation biosensors.
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A. S. Martirosyan, H. R. Vardapetyan, S. G. Tiratsuyan, and A. A. Hovhannisyan "Possibility of improvement of hemoglobin properties as biosensors' detection element", Proc. SPIE 7715, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care II, 77153N (18 May 2010);

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