Characterization of a yeast D-amino acid oxidase microbiosensor for D-serine detection in the central nervous system

Anal Chem. 2008 Mar 1;80(5):1589-97. doi: 10.1021/ac702230w. Epub 2008 Jan 30.


d-Serine is an endogenous ligand for N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, and alterations in its concentration have been related to several brain disorders, especially schizophrenia. It is therefore an important target neuromodulator for the pharmaceutical industry. To monitor d-serine levels in vivo, we have developed a microbiosensor based on cylindrical platinum microelectrodes, covered with a membrane of poly-m-phenylenediamine (PPD) and a layer of immobilized d-amino acid oxidase from the yeast Rhodotorula gracilis (RgDAAO). By detecting the hydrogen peroxide produced by enzymatic degradation of d-serine, this microbiosensor shows a detection limit of 16 nM and a mean response time of 2 s. Interferences by ascorbic acid, uric acid, l-cysteine, and by biogenic amines and their metabolites are rejected at more than 97% by the PPD layer. Although several d-amino acids are potential substrates for RgDAAO, d-serine was the only endogenous substrate present in sufficient concentration to be detected by our microbiosensor in the central nervous system. When implanted in the cortex of anesthetized rats, this microbiosensor detected the increase in concentration of d-serine resulting from its diffusion across the blood-brain barrier after an intraperitoneal injection. This new device will make it possible to investigate in vivo the variations in d-serine concentrations occurring under normal and pathological conditions and to assess the pharmacological potency of new drugs designed to impact d-serine metabolism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biosensing Techniques / instrumentation
  • Biosensing Techniques / methods*
  • Central Nervous System / chemistry
  • Central Nervous System / metabolism*
  • D-Amino-Acid Oxidase / chemistry
  • D-Amino-Acid Oxidase / metabolism*
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Microelectrodes
  • Oxygen / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rhodotorula / enzymology*
  • Serine / analysis*
  • Serine / metabolism
  • Temperature


  • Serine
  • D-Amino-Acid Oxidase
  • Oxygen