Effect of the solvent on recognition properties of molecularly imprinted polymer specific for ochratoxin A

Turner, Nicholas W.; Piletska, Elena V.; Karim, Khalku; Whitcombe, Michael; Malecha, Michael; Magan, Naresh; Baggiani, Claudio and Piletsky, Sergey A. (2004). Effect of the solvent on recognition properties of molecularly imprinted polymer specific for ochratoxin A. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 20(6) pp. 1060–1067.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2004.06.052

Abstract

A molecularly imprinted polymer specific for the mycotoxin ochratoxin A has been synthesised using a non-covalent approach. The polymer has shown an excellent affinity and specificity for the target template in aqueous solutions. The binding experiments, NMR study and molecular modelling have proven that the template recognition by polymer originates from the shape complementarity of binding sites. The binding mechanism is critically depended on factors that affect the polymer conformation. Thus the variation in buffer concentration, pH and presence of organic solvent, which affect the polymer swelling or shrinking, had a profound effect on the polymer recognition properties.

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