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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Hansen DE
Article Title: Recent developments in the molecular imprinting of proteins.
Publication date: 2007
Journal: Biomaterials
Volume: 28
Issue: (29)
Page numbers: 4178-4191.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2007.06.017
Alternative URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6TWB-4P5RM0G-1/2/0445a07cdcc329fb00aa44476d22afb5

Abstract: Molecular imprinting is an inexpensive method for the rapid fabrication of organic polymeric and inorganic network-structured materials that selectively bind a template molecule--in other words, materials that function as artificial antibodies. Imprints against small-molecule templates have been generated for decades, but attempts to prepare imprints against proteins have, until recently, been far less successful. The field has progressed rapidly, however, and a number of molecular imprints selective for protein ligands have now been reported. Given the enormous potential of replacing the antibodies used in a host of immunoassays with robust and inexpensive receptors, efforts in this area continue to intensify. This review begins with a brief analysis of two naturally occurring protein-ligand complexes, each of which illustrates the specific interactions essential for precise molecular recognition. Key developments--all appearing in 2006 and 2007--in the molecular imprinting of proteins, including many impressive advances, are then discussed
Template and target information: Review - MIPs for protein recognition
Author keywords: protein recognition, polymerization, sol-gel, molecular imprint, sensor


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