Human olfactory receptor 17-40 as an active part of a nanobiosensor: a microscopic investigation of its electrical properties

Abstract : Increasing attention has recently been devoted to protein-based nanobiosensors. The main reason is the huge number of possible technological applications, ranging from drug detection to early cancer diagnosis. Their operating model is based on protein activation and the corresponding conformational change due to the capture of an external molecule, the so-called ligand. Recent measurements, performed with different techniques on the human 17-40 olfactory receptor, revealed a very narrow window of response in respect to the odour concentration. This is a crucial point for understanding whether the use of this olfactory receptor as a sensitive part of a nanobiosensor is a good choice. In this paper we investigate the topological and electrical properties of the human olfactory receptor 17-40 with the objective of providing a microscopic interpretation of available experiments. To this purpose, we model the protein by means of a graph that is able to capture the mean features of the 3D backbone structure. The graph is then associated with an equivalent impedance network, able to evaluate the impedance spectra of the olfactory receptor in its native and activated state. We assume a topological origin of the different protein electrical responses to different ligand concentrations: In this perspective all the experimental data are collected and interpreted satisfactorily within a unified scheme, also useful for application to other proteins.
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RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011, 1 (1), pp.123-127. 〈10.1039/c1ra00025j〉
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Eleonora Alfinito, Jean-Francois Millithaler, Lino Reggiani, Nadia Zine, Nicole Jaffrezic-Renault. Human olfactory receptor 17-40 as an active part of a nanobiosensor: a microscopic investigation of its electrical properties. RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011, 1 (1), pp.123-127. 〈10.1039/c1ra00025j〉. 〈hal-00809719〉

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