Journal article

Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) for bioconjugation and surface ligand immobilization

Alexander N Zelikin, Georgina K Such, Almar Postma, Frank Caruso

BIOMACROMOLECULES | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), a nonionic and nontoxic polymer with antifouling properties, has been synthesized via RAFT polymerization to obtain thiol-terminated PVP. We demonstrate that when the polymer is adsorbed onto the surface of colloidal silica particles, the terminal thiol groups of PVP remain accessible for chemical modification and lend themselves to the immobilization of ligands. We show that ligand attachment onto the surface via conjugation to PVP is reversible, as the polymer can be desorbed from the surface for conjugate and surface recovery. We present the conjugation of a model peptide and an oligonucleotide to PVP via the polymer terminal thiol and demonstrate that conjug..

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