A Versatile Bioanode with Improved Current Density and the Coulombic Efficiency through a Cascade Reaction

Monday, October 12, 2015: 09:20
Borein B (Hyatt Regency)


To improve communications between enzymes and electrodes, many different methods were developed including the use of diffusional electron mediators, the “wiring” of enzymes through immobilization in redox polymers, the functionalization of enzymes with electron relays, and the use of nanomaterials. Recently a new promising strategy was reported, in which the glycoprotein glucose oxidase (GOx) was directly electrically contacted with the electrodes after removal of the glycosylating layer. Although a lot of advances in the electrical communication between enzymes and electrodes has made it possible to fabricate new biosensors and biofuel cells, the technologies still face challenging issues, such as development of long-term stable miniaturized implantable amperometric biosensors and biofuel cells.

Our approach to the development of a glucose biofuel cell anode is based on the combination of different redox enzymes with complementary oxidation positions thus forming a reaction cascade to oxidize the substrate at more than one position. Improvements in current density and coulombic efficiency of a glucose oxidizing electrode were realized by a combination of pyranose dehydrogenase from Agaricus meleagris (AmPDH) with either glucose dehydrogenase from Glomerella cingulata (GcGDH) or cellobiose dehydrogenase from Myriococcum thermophilum (MtCDH). The mixed enzyme electrode oxidizes glucose in several combinations at the C-1, C-2 and C-3 positions of the pyranose ring. This concerted action of enzymes increases (i) the coulombic efficiency by extracting more than 2 e- per substrate molecule and (ii) the current density of the electrode when the mass-transfer of substrates becomes rate limiting. The electrodes were investigated with flow injection analysis (FIA) using different substrates under physiological conditions (pH 7.4). These investigations showed that the product of one enzyme can be used as substrate for the other enzyme and maximally 6 e- can be gained from the oxidation of one glucose molecule using mixed enzyme electrodes like AmPDHb/GcGDH/Os-polymer 2 or the AmPDHa/MtCDH/Os-polymer 1. We propose a bioanode for use in biofuel cells with an increased current density and coulombic efficiency obtained by a cascade reaction catalyzed by redox enzymes with a different site-specificity for glucose.

Key words: Bio-anode, glucose dehydrogenase, Os-polymers, pyranose dehydrogenase, cellobiose dehydrogenase, coulombic efficiency