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Influence of cytochrome charge and potential on the cathodic current of electroactive artificial biofilms

Abstract : An electroactive artificial biofilm has been optimized for the cathodic reduction of fumarate by Shewanella oneidensis. The system is based on the self-assembly of multi-walled carbon nanotubes with bacterial cells in the presence of a c-type cytochrome. The aggregates are then deposited on an electrode to form the electroactive artificial biofilm. Six c-type cytochromes have been studied, from bovine heart or Desulfuromonas and Desulfuvibrio strains. The isoelectric point of the cytochrome controls the self-assembly process that occurs only with positively-charged cytochromes. The redox potential of the cytochrome is critical for electron transfer reactions with membrane cytochromes of the Mtr pathway. Optimal results have been obtained with c3 from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough having an isoelectric point of 10.2 and redox potentials of the four hemes ranging between −290 and −375 mV vs SHE. A current density of 170 μA cm−2 could be achieved in the presence of 50 mM fumarate. The stability of the electrochemical response was evaluated, showing a regular decrease of the current within 13 h, possibly due to the inactivation or leaching of loosely-bound cytochromes from the biofilm.
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Stéphane Pinck, Mengjie Xu, Romain Clément, Elisabeth Lojou, Frédéric P.A. Jorand, et al.. Influence of cytochrome charge and potential on the cathodic current of electroactive artificial biofilms. Bioelectrochemistry, Elsevier, 2018, 124, pp.185-194. ⟨10.1016/j.bioelechem.2018.07.015⟩. ⟨hal-01993784⟩

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