A simple paper-based colorimetric analytical device for rapid detection of Enterococcus faecalis under the stress of chlorophenols

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Original languageEnglish
Article number121966
Journal / PublicationTalanta
Online published5 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021


Bacteria detection and toxicity measurement are essential in many aspects. Becoming increasingly popular in recent years, paper-based analytical devices (PADs) have proven to be cost-effective, portable and eco-friendly with quantitative diagnostic results. In this work, by a straightforward soaking-drying method, a resazurin-deposited PAD has been developed for rapid bacteria detection and biotoxicity measurement. The colorimetric response on the PAD was generated from metabolic reduction of resazurin by Enterococcus faecalis, a facultative anaerobic bacterial strain. After recording and quantifying the colorimetric response with Hue value by a smartphone, the bioassay on PAD enables the detection of resazurin reduction kinetics difference among bacteria at various densities in 10 min. Thereby, the bioassay on PAD was applied to study the toxicity of two chlorophenols, i.e. pentachlorophenol (PCP) and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), to E. faecalis. Compared to growth-based inhibition test, which takes 5 h, this assay shows higher efficiency, i.e. in 30 min, the biotoxicity difference between PCP and 4-CP can be identified.

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  • Bacteria detection, Enterococcus faecalis, PAD, Pentachlorophenol, Resazurin, Toxicity