The reduced adsorption of lysozyme at the phosphorylcholine incorporated polymer/aqueous solution interface studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry

Emma F. Murphy, Joseph L. Keddie, Jian R. Lu, Jason Brewer, Jeremy Russell

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Abstract

Coating hydrogel polymers onto solid substrates can reduce the adsorption of proteins onto these surfaces, but the extent of the reduction in protein adsorption is strongly dependent on how the surface layer is coated. We have examined the effect of coating conditions on the structure of thin polymer films formed from a number of poly(methacrylate)-based hydrogel polymers via the dip-coating method. We show in this work how the polarity of the solvent, the speed of lifting, and the annealing temperature affect the thickness and uniformity of ultrathin phosphorylcholine (PC)-incorporated polymer films coated on the surface of native oxide on silicon and the subsequent interaction of these coated surfaces with lysozyme molecules. Our results show that the uniformity of the polymer film, and thus the smoothness of the outer film surface, influence the extent of reduction in protein adsorption. We suggest that the reduction in lysozyme adsorption is the result of a layer of PC groups on the surface of the polymer film. The improvement of the smoothness of the film results in the formation of a close-packed PC layer on the outer surface of the polymer film, leaving few defects or cavities on which protein molecules can bind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1511
Number of pages11
JournalBiomaterials
Volume20
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

Keywords

  • Biocompatible surface
  • Ellipsometry
  • Lysozyme
  • Phosphorylcholine
  • Protein adsorption
  • Surface coating

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