Applications to the Study of Acetylcholine Release of the Choline Oxidase Acetylcholine Assay

  • N. Morel
  • M. Israel
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 58)


Numerous chemical or enzymatic reactions have been coupled to light emitting systems to assay biologically important compounds (De Luca, 1978; Van Dyke, 1985), as alternatives to methods relying on radioactive labels. A chemiluminescent method to measure acetylcholine (ACh) has been developped by Israel and Lesbats (1981, 1985, 1987). Oxidation of luminol by H202 in the presence of peroxidase produces a blue light emission. Several instruments, luminometers, are now commercially available which allow to measure light emission with great precision and sensitivity (see Van Dyke, 1985, for a comparison of different luminometers). The luminescent reaction is coupled to two enzymatic reactions (Figure 1). First, ACh is hydrolysed by acetylcholinesterase, leading to the production of choline. Then choline is oxidized by choline oxidase, a bacterial enzyme, with formation of betain and H202. The choline oxidase chemiluminescent assay allows the measure of picomole amounts of ACh in biological extracts, in the nanomolar range of ACh concentration.


Light Emission Acetylcholine Release Choline Oxidase Intramembrane Particle Blue Light Emission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Morel
    • 1
  • M. Israel
    • 1
  1. 1.Departement de Neurochimie lab. Neurobiologie Cellulaire et MoleculaireC.N.R.S.Gif sur YvetteFrance

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