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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Cenci L, Bertolla M, Anesi A, Ambrosi E, Guella G, Bossi AM
Article Title: Micro- versus nano-sized molecularly imprinted polymers in MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry analysis of peptides.
Publication date: 2017
Journal: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Volume: 409
Issue: (26)
Page numbers: 6253-6261.
DOI: 10.1007/s00216-017-0569-2

Abstract: The integration of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS) combines MIP selectivity with MS sensitivity. Whether the size of the MIP material-micro versus nano-has an effect on the MS analysis was the object of the study. MIPs, targeting respectively the epitope peptide NR11 of cardiac troponin I and the peptide CK13 of human serum transferrin, were synthesized and characterized. The size-related performance of the MIP materials hyphenated with MALDI-TOF-MS analysis was studied by the incubation of the target peptide with the respective micro- or nano-MIP, followed by rinsing to remove non-specific deposition of the MIP to the MALDI target plate, co-crystallization with the organic matrix, and mass analysis. The quality of the MS analysis was assessed comparing the S/N of the mass peaks of the MIP-bound peptide to that of the same quantity of free peptide. Sweet spots and lower S/N (~ 1 order of magnitude) were observed for micro-MIP materials, while in the case of nano-MIP-bound peptide, the S/N was comparable to that of the free peptide, indicating higher compatibility of the nano-MIPs to MALDI-TOF-MS. The nano-MIP/MALDI-TOF-MS permitted the selective determination of the target peptide in real serum samples
Template and target information: protein, epitope, cardiac troponin I, peptide CK13, human serum transferrin
Author keywords: Molecularly imprinted polymers, Nanoparticle, MALDI Mass spectrometry, peptide, serum

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