Microchimica Acta

, 185:304 | Cite as

Fluorometric determination of Vibrio parahaemolyticus using an F0F1-ATPase-based aptamer and labeled chromatophores

  • Nuo Duan
  • Shijia Wu
  • Huiling Zhang
  • Ying Zou
  • Zhouping Wang
Original Paper


An F0F1-ATPase-based aptasensor is described for the fluorometric determination of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Chromatophores containing F0F1-ATPases were first prepared from Rhodospirillum rubrum cells. Then, an aptamer-functionalized chromatophore acts as the capture probe, and a chromatophore labeled with the pH probe fluorescein acts as the signalling probe. In the presence of V. parahaemolyticus, the rotation rate of F0F1-ATPase is decreased due to the formation of the aptamer-chromatophore complex. This leads to a retarded proton flux out of the chromatophores. As a result, the pH value inside the chromatophores is reduced, and the fluorescence of the pH probe F1300 is accordingly decreased. The relative fluorescence varies linearly over the 15 to 1.5 × 106 cfu·mL−1 Vibrio parahaemolyticus concentration range, and the limit of detection is 15 cfu·mL−1. The method was applied to analyze artificially contaminated salmon samples where it showed excellent perfomance.

Graphical abstract

In this assay, aptamer functionalized chromatophores act as a capture probe, and the fluoresce in labeled chromatophores as signalling probe. The formation of aptamer-chromatophore complex leads to a retarded proton flux out of the chromatophores. As a result, the pH value inside the chromatophores is reduced, and fluorescence intensity is accordingly decreased.


Pathogenic bacteria Motor Proton flux F1300 Fluorescence Salmon 



This work was partially supported by National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC 31401575), Key Research and Development Program of Jiangsu Province BE2016306, the natural science foundation of Jiangsu Province BK20140155, and Project funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2017 M610299, 2016 T90430).

Compliance with ethical standards

The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Food Science and TechnologyJiangnan UniversityWuxiChina
  2. 2.School of Food Science and TechnologyJiangnan UniversityWuxiChina
  3. 3.School of Food and Biological EngineeringJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangChina

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