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Volume: 7, Issue: 1, Jan-Feb, 2019
DOI: 10.7324/JABB.2019.70111

Research Article

Bioluminescence of Vibrio fischeri: A novel application for PSP quantification

Mohamed Blaghen1, 2, Abdel-hamid Abdallah Abakar1

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Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) are the most harmful neurotoxins create a serious public health problem. It is important to assess PSP in Shellfish destined for human consumption. However, recommended methods have some limitations for example in the case of Mouse Bioassay (MBA) showed a low sensitivity and reproducibility, and undesirability for ethical reasons; while physico-chemical techniques rest expensive and time-consuming. The main objective of this study, after discovered that PSP inhibited the luminescence of Vibrio fischeri, was the quantification of PSP by using Bioluminescence Inhibition Assay (BIA), and comparing the results obtained with those determined by MBA and LC-MS. Bivalve used were collected from Corniche Martil, Kabila and Oued Laou, along the Mediterranean coast of Morocco in Mars-2015. Results showed a weak correlation between LC-MS and MBA with r = 0.11, while, the correlation between LC-MS and BIA was very strong with r = 0.97, which suggests that, BIA could offer an interesting additional assessment of PSP risk. In addition, after seen its rapidity, ease, reliability, sensitivity, reproducibility and cost effectiveness, it would be eligible to use for monitoring in surveillance programs.


Bioluminescence, Vibrio fischeri, Acanthocardia Tuberculatum, bivalve, PSP, STX.

Citation: Blaghen M, Abakar AA. Bioluminescence of Vibrio fischeri: A novel application for PSP quantification. J App Biol Biotech. 2019;7(01):060- 064. DOI: 10.7324/JABB.2019.70111

Copyright: Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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