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Immobilization and direct electrochemistry of copper-containing enzymes on active carbon

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Abstract

Two typical and important copper-containing enzymes, laccase (Lac) and tyrosinase (Tyr), have been immobilized on the surface of active carbon with simple adsorption method. The cyclic voltammetric results indicated that the active carbon could promote the direct electron transfer of both Lac and Tyr and a pair of well-defined and nearly symmetric redox peaks appeared on the cyclic voltammograms of Lac or Tyr with the formal potential,E 0’, independent on the scan rate. The further experimental results showed that the immobilized copper-containing oxidase displayed an excellent electrocatalytic activity to the electrochemical reduction of O2. The immobilization method presented here has several advantages, such as simplicity, easy to operation and keeping good activity of enzyme etc., and could be further used to study the direct electrochemistry of other redox proteins and enzymes and fabricate the catalysts for biofuel cell.

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Sun, D., Cai, C., Xing, W. et al. Immobilization and direct electrochemistry of copper-containing enzymes on active carbon. Chin.Sci.Bull. 49, 2452–2454 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03183712

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Keywords

  • direct electrochemistry
  • copper-containing enzyme
  • tyrosinase
  • laccase
  • active carbon