Effect of bitter substances on transducer membranes of taste sensor

Kayo Chishaki, Yuji Nakagawa, Kiyoshi Toko

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A recently-developed taste sensor with global selectivity is composed of several kinds of lipid/polymer membranes for transforming information of taste substances into electric signals, which are treated with a computer. In the present study, effect of bitter substance, quinine, on the lipid/polymer membranes and a base membrane, which is made of polyvinyl chloride and plasticizer, were studied using measurements of membrane potential and impedance. As a result, a peak of the membrane potential in both the membranes was found several hours after they were put into quinine solution. It was shown that this phenomenon was brought about by adsorption of quinine ions onto the membrane surface and then into the membrane. Its effect was larger in the base membrane than the negatively-charged lipid/polymer membrane. This result may help quantification of bitterness and also fabrication of receptor membrane of the taste sensor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-303
Number of pages8
JournalResearch Reports on Information Science and Electrical Engineering of Kyushu University
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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