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Preparation, Characterization and Application of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Selective Recognition of Sulpiride

School of Basic Courses, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou 510006, China
School of Pharmacy, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou 510006, China
Guangzhou KingMed Center for Clinical Laboratory Co., Ltd., Guangzhou 510005, China
China National Analytical Center Guangzhou, Guangzhou 510070, China
Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK
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Academic Editor: Charley Chuan-yu Wu
Materials 2017, 10(5), 475;
Received: 18 February 2017 / Revised: 9 April 2017 / Accepted: 24 April 2017 / Published: 28 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Materials for Drug Delivery and Biomedical Consideration)
A novel molecular imprinting polymer (MIP) was prepared by bulk polymerization using sulpiride as the template molecule, itaconic acid (ITA) as the functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as the crosslinker. The formation of the MIP was determined as the molar ratio of sulpiride-ITA-EGDMA of 1:4:15 by single-factor experiments. The MIP showed good adsorption property with imprinting factor α of 5.36 and maximum adsorption capacity of 61.13 μmol/g, and was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and surface area analysis. With the structural analogs (amisulpride, tiapride, lidocaine and cisapride) and small molecules containing a mono-functional group (p-toluenesulfonamide, formamide and 1-methylpyrrolidine) as substrates, static adsorption, kinetic adsorption, and rebinding experiments were also performed to investigate the selective adsorption ability, kinetic characteristic, and recognition mechanism of the MIP. A serial study suggested that the highly selective recognition ability of the MIP mainly depended on binding sites provided by N-functional groups of amide and amine. Moreover, the MIP as solid-phase extractant was successfully applied to extraction of sulpiride from the mixed solution (consisted of p-toluenesulfonamide, sulfamethoxazole, sulfanilamide, p-nitroaniline, acetanilide and trimethoprim) and serum sample, and extraction recoveries ranged from 81.57% to 86.63%. The tentative tests of drug release in stimulated intestinal fluid (pH 6.8) demonstrated that the tablet with the MIP–sulpiride could obviously inhibit sulpiride release rate. Thus, ITA-based MIP is an efficient and promising alternative to solid-phase adsorbent for extraction of sulpiride and removal of interferences in biosample analysis, and could be used as a potential carrier for controlled drug release. View Full-Text
Keywords: molecularly imprinted polymer; sulpiride; itaconic acid; serum analysis; drug release molecularly imprinted polymer; sulpiride; itaconic acid; serum analysis; drug release
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Zhang, W.; She, X.; Wang, L.; Fan, H.; Zhou, Q.; Huang, X.; Tang, J.Z. Preparation, Characterization and Application of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Selective Recognition of Sulpiride. Materials 2017, 10, 475.

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