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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Lu Y, Li CX, Zhang HS, Liu XH
Article Title: Study on the mechanism of chiral recognition with molecularly imprinted polymers.
Publication date: 2003
Journal: Analytica Chimica Acta
Volume: 489
Issue: (1)
Page numbers: 33-43.
DOI: 10.1016/S0003-2670(03)00708-6
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Abstract: This study aimed at elucidating the chiral recognition mechanism with molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) in aqueous environment. The system used ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA), methacrylic acid (MAA), and 4-L-phenylalanylamino- pyridine (4-L-PheNHPy) as the cross-linking monomer, functional monomer and template, respectively, to assemble the imprinted polymer. A self-assembly mechanism, which includes the pre- organizing functional monomers around template before polymerization process, was proposed. This mechanism was supported by H-1 NMR titration test. Interactions between functional monomer and template were observed using UV-Vis spectroscopy of solutions of these components as well. These studies indicated a 1:2 molecular complex dominantly formed between 4-L-PheNHPy and MAA. Association constant was estimated to be 97,000 M-2. Based on these results, a model mainly involving two-spot interaction was proposed evolving from our reported concept of exact placement of functional group. Ionic interaction between the primary amino group of 4-L-PheNHPy and carboxylic acid group inside the microcavity on MIPs was believed to play a predominate role in the enantioselectivity as supported by the observation of the relationship between the retention factor of 4-L-PheNHPy and the pH of mobile phase. While thermodynamic study at different pH revealed that, the interaction between the pyridyl group of 4-L-PheNHPy and the carboxylic acid group on the MIPs is also strong, implying that it also plays a profound role in determining the highly chiral selectivity of MIPs. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
Template and target information: 4-L-phenylalanylamino-pyridine, 4-L-PheNHPy

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