Uptake of Tyrosine Amino Acid on Nano-Graphene Oxide

Materials (Basel). 2018 Jan 4;11(1):68. doi: 10.3390/ma11010068.


Graphene oxide (GO) is emerging as a promising nanomaterial with potential application in the detection and analysis of amino acids, DNA, enzymes, and proteins in biological fluid samples. So, the reaction of GO with amino acids should be characterized and determined before using it in biosensing methods and devices. In this study, the reaction of tyrosine amino acid (Tyr) with GO was characterized using FT-IR, UV-vis spectrophotometry, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) before its use. The optimum conditions for GO's interaction with Tyr amino acid have been studied under variable conditions. The optimum conditions of pH, temperature, shaking time, and GO and tyrosine concentrations for the uptaking of tyrosine amino acid onto the GO's surface from aqueous solution were determined. The SEM analysis showed that the GO supplied was in a particle size range between 5.4 and 8.1 nm. A pH of 8.4-9.4 at 25 °C and 5 min of shaking time were the optimum conditions for a maximum uptake of 1.4 μg/mL of tyrosine amino acid onto 0.2 mg/mL of GO.

Keywords: SEM; amino acid; graphene oxide; tyrosine; uptaking.