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Publication numberUS3654180 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 4, 1972
Filing dateMar 1, 1971
Priority dateMar 1, 1971
Publication numberUS 3654180 A, US 3654180A, US-A-3654180, US3654180 A, US3654180A
InventorsRobert Bauer
Original AssigneeMiles Lab
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Indicator for detecting hydrogen peroxide and peroxidative compounds containing alpha naphthoflavone
US 3654180 A
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United States Patent O 3,654,180 INDICATOR FOR DETECTING HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND PEROXIDATIVE COM- POUNDS CONTAINING ALPHA NAPHTHO- FLAVONE Robert Bauer, Bristol, Ind., assignor to Miles Laboratories, Inc., Elkhart, Ind. N Drawing. Filed Mar. 1, 1971, Ser. No. 119,926 Int. Cl. C12k 1/04 U.S. Cl. 252-408 8 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Alpha naphthoflavone is an excellent indicator for detecting hydrogen peroxide and peroxidative compounds such as hemoglobin. When formulated with either a peroxidative active compound or a peroxide, this indicator provides a very sensitive chromogenic response to the presence of said constituents in aqueous fluids.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The determination of glucose in urine is important since this test is employed to detect diabetes. Procedures for the detection of sugar in urine are well known in clinical chemistry. One such procedure utilizes Benedicts copper reduction test, another employs a self heating alkaline copper reduction test in tablet form, while still another test depends solely on the action of enzymes. The diagnostic composition in most glucose tests comprises essentially glucose oxidase, peroxidase and an indicator which is oxidized by hydrogen peroxide and undergoes a color reaction during such oxidation. Typical indicators employed in the past include o-tolidine, benzidine dianisidine and 27-diaminofluorene.

It is well known that glucose oxidase catalyzes the aerobic oxidation of glucose to gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. However in the presence of iodide H 0 oxidizes the iodide to free iodine which produces a color change in the indicator. The color change produced is accurately indicative of the amount of H 0 present as well as of the glucose content of the fluid being tested. Molybdates merely accelerate the oxidation of iodide to free iodine. Since some of the indicators previously used are toxic it has spurred a search for more suitable replacements which will give satisfactory results in detecting H 0 generally and more specifically in detecting glucose in urine or blood. If desired such indicators can be used to detect peroxidase as well as peroxidative-active substances such as hemoglobin in blood or urine.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention is predicated upon the discovery that u-naphthoflavone can be used as an indicator dyestuff in formulations containing either peroxide or a peroxidative active compound when the peroxidative active compound catalyzes the oxidation of the indicator by the peroxide. Said indicator has the formula "ice and is known chemically as 2-phenyl-4H naphtho [1,2-b] pyran-4-one.

Although the test system may comprise the reagent composition in the form of a tablet, powder or solution, it is preferable to afiix said composition on bibulous base materials or carriers such as strips of filter paper by dissolving the components in a suitable solvent, impregnating the strips with the resulting solution and drying the impregnated test strips. Details of the compositions contemplated are set forth in the following examples.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Example 1 A composition was prepared by mixing the following components in the volumes indicated below:

Another composition was prepared employing no peroxidase as shown below:

Glucose oxidase-3 ml. of an aqueous solution containing 1000 International units/ml.

Potassium iodide-- mg.

Ammonium molybdate-l60 mg.

Sodium phosphate buifer3 m1. of a 1 M solution of a-Naphthoflavone1 ml. of a 0.5% ethanol solution.

Water5 ml.

Porous paper strips about one-half inch wide and 3 inches long were dipped into the above compositions respectively so that about one-half inch of each strip at one end was completely impregnated. The strips were then dried at C. for 10 minutes. If desired, other porous materials such as wood or plastic can be used as carriers. When contacted with urine containing glucose, such test strips give a positive reaction in one minute or less as evidenced by the change in color of the indicator from colorless to blue. The formation of color depends upon the liberation of free iodine from the iodide by the action of hydrogen peroxide. When dipped into urine containing no glucose, the strips show no color change. The intensity of the blue color is enhanced in the presence of polyvinyl alcohol. When molybdates and iodides are substituted for the peroxidase, the a-naphthoflavone minimizes the inhibiting effects of acetoacetate which is also an iodine receptor. It was found that when the strips containing the composition of Example 2 were dipped into a 1% aqueous solution of glucose containing 0.1% by weight of acetoacetate they began to change from colorless to blue in 30 seconds and the blue color gradually intensified, whereas strips containing o-tolidine started to show a blue color at 1.5 minutes with very little increase in color intensity even after 5 minutes contact with the same glucose solution.

Example 3 A first solution was prepared containing 1.5 grams of carrageen, 15 grams of polyvinylpyrrolidone, 15 ml. of ethanol and 192 ml. of water.

A second solution was prepared containing 9.24 grams of citric acid, 40.79 grams of sodium citrate and 124.8 ml. of water.

A third solution was prepared containing 4.5 grams of a maleic anhydride-methylvinylether copolymer, 1.5 grams of sodium lauroyl sarcosinate and 105 ml. of water.

Still a fourth solution was prepared containing 0.5 gram of peroxidase and 76 ml. of an aqueous solution of glucose oxidase containing 1,000 international units per ml. of water.

A composition for detecting H and glucose was thereafter prepared containing 9 ml. of a 0.5% ethanol solution of u-naphthoflavone, 0.73 gram of potassium iodide, 9 m1. of ethanol, 5.5 ml. of water, 34.5 ml. of the first solution above, 20.8 ml. of the second solution above, 17.5 ml. of the third solution above and 7.6 ml. of the fourth solution previously prepared. Bibulous paper strips were dipped in said solution and then dried for 10 minutes at 100 C. These strips readily turned from colorless to blue when contacted with urine containing lucose and the blue color increased with the glucose concentration. Such strips also change from colorless to blue when a drop of blood-containing urine and a drop of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is applied thereto.

In addition to the compositions set forth in the foregoing examples, it was found that the amount of indicator employed could be varied from 0.05% to 0.30% by weight in such compositions whereas the glucose oxidase concentration could vary from 40 to 300 International units per ml. the peroxidase from 0. 01% to 0 .05%, the sodium iodide from 0.25% to 1.5%, the ammonium molybdate from 0.1% to 1.5% and the polyvinyl alcohol from 0.2% to 2% by weight of ultimate mix at a pH of from 4 to 7.

What is claimed is:

1. In a composition for detecting hydrogen peroxide or peroxidative active compounds utilizing the catalytic 4 oxidation of an indicator dyestuff by hydrogen peroxide in the presence of the peroxidative active compound, the improvement which comprises the use of a-naphthoflavone as the indicator dyestuff 2. A composition as claimed in claim 1 in which anaphthofiavone is present in about 0.05 to 0.30% by weight of said composition.

3. A composition as claimed in claim 1 in which the peroxidative active compound is selected from the group consisting of peroxidase, hemoglobin and molybdate.

4. A composition as claimed in claim 3 in which the molybdate is present in about 0.1% to 1.5% by weight of said composition.

5. A composition as claimed in claim 3 in which the peroxidase is present in about 0.01% to 0.05 by weight of said composition.

6. A composition as claimed in claim 1 which additionally contains iodide.

7. A composition as claimed in claim 6 in which the iodide is present in about 0.25% to 1.5%. by weight of said composition.

8. A composition for detecting glucose in aqueous fluids which comprises glucose oxidase, a peroxidative active material and a-naphthoflavone.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,799,660 7/1957 Nicholls 252408 3,066,081 11/1962 Rorem 10-3.5 X 3,092,465 6/1963 Adams 23-253 3,183,173 5/1965 Oakes 23-23O JOHN T. GOOLIQASIAN, Primary Examiner M. E. MCCAMISH, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. X.R.

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U.S. Classification435/28, 8/401, 436/135, 435/25, 436/66, 436/95, 422/510
International ClassificationG01N31/22, C12Q1/54, C12Q1/28
Cooperative ClassificationG01N31/228, C12Q1/28, C12Q1/54, C12Q2326/00
European ClassificationC12Q1/28, C12Q1/54, G01N31/22J