Adsorption of the protein bovine serum albumin in a planar poly(acrylic acid) brush layer as measured by optical reflectometry

Wiebe M. de Vos, P. Maarten Biesheuvel, Arie de Keizer, J. Mieke Kleijn, Martien A.Cohen Stuart

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Abstract

The adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) in a planar poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brush layer has been studied by fixed-angle optical reflectometry. The influence of polymer length, grafting density, and salt concentration is studied as a function of pH. The results are compared with predictions of an analytical polyelectrolyte brush model, which incorporates charge regulation and excluded volume interactions. A maximum in adsorption is found near the point of zero charge (pzc) of the protein. At the maximum, BSA accumulates in a PAA brush to at least 30 vol %. Substantial adsorption continues above the pzc, that is, in the pH range where a net negatively charged protein adsorbs into a negatively charged brush layer, up to a critical pH value. This critical pH value decreases with increasing ionic strength. The adsorbed amount increases strongly with both increasing PAA chain length and increasing grafting density. Experimental data compare well with the analytical model without having to include a nonhomogeneous charge distribution on the protein surface. Instead, charge regulation, which implies that the protein adjusts its charge due to the negative electrostatic potential in the brush, plays an important role in the interpretation of the adsorbed amounts. Together with nonelectrostatic interactions, it explains the significant protein adsorption above the pzc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6575-6584
Number of pages10
JournalLangmuir
Volume24
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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