activated carbon for gold extractionA new electrochemical method to monitor biotin-streptavidin interaction on carbon paste electrode, based on silver electrodeposition catalyzed by colloidal gold, was investigated. Silver reduction potential changed when colloidal gold was attached to an electrode surface through the biotin-streptavidin interaction. Thus, the direct reduction of silver ions on the electrode surface could be avoided and therefore, they were only reduced to metallic silver on the colloidal gold particle surface, forming a shell around these particles. When an anodic scan was performed, this shell of silver was oxidized and an oxidation process at + 0.08 V was recorded in NH3 1.0 M. Biotinylated albumin was adsorbed on the pretreated electrode surface. This modified electrode was immersed in colloidal gold-streptavidin labeled solutions. The carbon paste electrode was then activated in adequate medium (NaOH 0.1 M and H2SO4 0.1 M) to remove proteins from the electrode surface while colloidal gold particles remained adsorbed on it. Then, a silver electrodeposition at -0.18 V for 2 min and anodic stripping voltammetry were carried out in NH3 1.0 M containing 2.0 x 10(-5) M of silver lactate. wanyang carbonAn electrode surface preparation was carried out to obtain a good reproducibility of the analytical signal (5.3%), using a new electrode for each experiment. In addition, a sequential competitive assay was carried out to determine streptavidin. A linear relationship between peak current and logarithm of streptavidin concentration from 2.25 x 10(-15) to 2.24 x 10(-12) M and a limit of detection of 2.0 x 10(15) M were obtained.