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Design of Mixed PEO/PAA Brushes with Switchable Properties Toward Protein Adsorption

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Adsorption of proteins at interfaces is an ubiquitous phenomenon of prime importance. Layers of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) are widely used to repel proteins. Conversely, proteins were shown to adsorb deeply into brushes of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), and their subsequent partial release could be triggered by a change of pH and/or ionic strength (I). Mixed brushes of these polymers are thus promising candidates to tune protein adsorption onto new smart surfaces. In this work, the synthesis of such mixed brushes was performed based on a "grafting to" approach, the two polymers being either grafted sequentially or simultaneously. Detailed characterization of the obtained brushes using static water contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and polarization-modulation reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy is presented. While sequential grafting of the two polymers for different reactions times did not give rise to a broad range of composition of mixed brushes, simultaneous grafting of the polymers from solutions with different compositions allows for the synthesis of a range of mixed brushes (mass fraction of PEO in the mixed brushes from 0.35 to 0.65). A key example is then chosen to illustrate the switchable behavior of a selected mixed PEO/PAA brush toward albumin adsorption. The adsorption behavior was monitored with a quartz crystal microbalance. The mixed brush could adsorb high amounts of albumin, but 86% of the adsorbed protein could then be desorbed upon pH and I change. The obtained properties are thus a combination of the ones of PEO and PAA, and a highly switchable behavior is observed toward protein adsorption.

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hal-00917091 , version 1 (11-12-2013)

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M.F. Delacroix, G.L. Huet, T. Conard, S. Demoustier-Champagne, Filip E. Du Prez, et al.. Design of Mixed PEO/PAA Brushes with Switchable Properties Toward Protein Adsorption. Biomacromolecules, 2012, 14, pp.215-225. ⟨10.1021/bm301637h⟩. ⟨hal-00917091⟩
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