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Home > Press > Iranian Scientists Stabilize Protein on Highly Stable Electrode Surface

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Iranian researchers from Bu-Ali Sina University in Hamedan used multi-walled carbon nanotubes and made a breakthrough success by stabilizing protein on the surface of electrode with high stability.

Iranian Scientists Stabilize Protein on Highly Stable Electrode Surface

Tehran, Iran | Posted on August 14th, 2014

Results of the research can be used in the development of protein drugs, extension of molecular electronic equipment, including the production of protein arrays and production of biological protein-based sensors.

In this research, protein has been placed directly on the surface of electrode by using carbon nanotubes. As a result, the main structure of the protein is conserved, and moreover, electro-active groups are available for electron transfer process.

The project has been carried out to study electron transfer in phytohemagglutinin protein, and its main objective is to achieve information about how the herbal protein performs, specially its role in the storage of ions such as iron.

The use of carbon nanotubes modified with surfactants to facilitate electron transfer process in protein is among the characteristics of the research. The use of nanostructures has enabled the achievement of appropriate electrochemical signals related to electron transfer in phytohemagglutinin protein.

The presence of iron ion in the structure of the protein has been confirmed in electrochemical data taking into account the peak potential observed for this type of protein. In addition, useful data has been obtained about the role of the protein as iron storing source in plants.

Results of the research have been published in Journal of the Electrochemical Society, vol. 161, issue 6, 2014, pp. G37-G42.

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