An aptamer-functionalized chemomechanically modulated biomolecule catch-and-release system
Balazs, Anna C.
He, XiminNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationShastri, Ankita, Lynn M. McGregor, Ya Liu, Valerie Harris, Hanqing Nan, Maritza Mujica, Yolanda Vasquez, et al. 2015. An Aptamer-Functionalized Chemomechanically Modulated Biomolecule Catch-and-Release System. Nature Chem 7, no. 5: 447–454. doi:10.1038/nchem.2203.
AbstractThe efficient extraction of (bio)molecules from fluid mixtures is vital for applications ranging from target characterization in (bio)chemistry to environmental analysis and biomedical diagnostics. Inspired by biological processes that seamlessly synchronize the capture, transport and release of biomolecules, we designed a robust chemo-mechanical sorting system capable of the concerted “catch and release” of target biomolecules from a solution mixture. The hybrid system is composed of target-specific, reversible binding sites attached to microscopic fins embedded in a responsive hydrogel that moves the cargo between two chemically-distinct environments. To demonstrate the utility of the system, we focus on the effective separation of thrombin by synchronizing the pH-dependent binding strength of a thrombin-specific aptamer with volume changes of the pH-responsive hydrogel in a biphasic microfluidic regime, and show the non-destructive separation with quantitative sorting efficiency, system’s stability and amenability to multiple solution recycling.
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