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Title: New protocol for optimisation of polymer composition for imprinting of peptides and proteins
Authors: Bedwell, TS
Anjum, N
Ma, Y
Czulak, J
Poma, A
Piletska, E
Whitcombe, MJ
Piletsky, SA
First Published: 4-Sep-2019
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: RSC Advances, 2019, 9 (48), pp. 27849-27855 (7)
Abstract: We present here a novel screening tool for optimisation of polymerisation mixtures used in imprinting of peptides and proteins. To facilitate rapid synthesis and screening of a combinatorial library of polymers the solid-phase synthesis method developed by Piletsky and co-workers was scaled down to 50 mg of template-immobilised solid phase, allowing a single well of a 96-well microplate to function as an individual reaction vessel. In this way, 32 different polymer compositions containing N-isopropylacrylamide, acrylic acid, N-(3-aminopropyl)methacrylamide hydrochloride, and N-tert-butylacrylamide, were tested in imprinting of three peptides and three proteins. Utilising filtration microplates has allowed the elution and washing steps to be performed in a similar manner to the large-scale synthesis, whilst incorporation of a fluorescent monomer (N-fluoresceinylacrylamide) made it possible to analyse the binding of synthesised polymer nanoparticles to the solid phase with immobilised templates under different washing conditions. The experiment has proven that the variations in monomer compositions had an effect on the yield and affinity of synthesised molecularly imprinted polymers for the peptides, but not for the proteins. Imprinting in this way presents an ideal method for performing small-scale syntheses for testing polymerisation mixtures, as information regarding the molecularly imprinted polymers affinity can be assessed as part of the elution process, without a need for time-consuming analysis such as quartz crystal microbalance or surface plasmon resonance.
DOI Link: 10.1039/c9ra05009d
eISSN: 2046-2069
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2019. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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