Nanozyme based on CoFe2O4 modified with MoS2 for colorimetric determination of cysteine and glutathione


A nanozyme based on CoFe2O4 modified with MoS2 was constructed for colorimetric determination of cysteine (Cys) and glutathione (GSH). Firstly, ferrite CoFe2O4 is synthesized, and it is then modified by MoS2 to form a flower-like polymer (MoS2@CoFe2O4). In the presence of H2O2, a redox interaction takes place, and the resulting hydroxyl promoted a colorimetric conversion from colorless to blue in the presence of 3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB). However, once Cys or GSH is added, they are capable to compete with the interaction of the hydroxyl with TMB, resulting in an inhibition of the colorimetric conversion. The colorimetric distinction is sensitive to the amount of target. The results obtained proved that the catalytic efficiency of MoS2@CoFe2O4 is 4.4-fold and 1.8-fold to that of MoS2 and CoFe2O4. Meanwhile, the Km values to TMB and H2O2 are 0.067 and 0.048 mM, respectively, which are 6.5-fold and 77-fold, respectively smaller than those of natural peroxidase such as HPR. This indicates that the MoS2@CoFe2O4 possesses a favorable interaction affinity. Additionally, the colorimetric distinction caused by the competition between TMB and cysteine or glutathione is obvious. The signal responses to cysteine and glutathione are linear in the range 0.5~15 μM and 0.5~35 μM, and the LODs are 0.10 and 0.21 μM, respectively. In practical assay of Cys in serum, the RSD of the sample tests is 4.6%, and the recoveries for the spiked assays are 95.3% and 96.0% with the RSD of 2.1% and 4.2%, respectively.

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This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21575043, 52070080 and 22004039), the Platform Construction Project of Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission (No. 15180001), and the Ministry of Education University-Industry Collaborative Education Program (No. 201901100003).

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Xian, Z., Zhang, L., Yu, Y. et al. Nanozyme based on CoFe2O4 modified with MoS2 for colorimetric determination of cysteine and glutathione. Microchim Acta 188, 65 (2021).

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  • Nanozyme
  • MoS2@CoFe2O4
  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Colorimetric determination