Recognition of molecularly imprinted polymers for a quaternary alkaloid of berberine

Chia-Yun Chen, Chih Hung Wang, Arh Hwang Chen

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Selective and affinitive imprinted polymers incorporating a quaternary alkaloid of berberine (BER) were prepared using a non-covalent imprinting method. The results showed that, compared to other imprinted polymers, the polymer AD-10 had not only a higher of the ratio of QMIP/Q BP for BER adsorption, and but also a larger of the ratio of Q MIP,B/QMIP,P for BER and palmatine (PAL) adsorptions. Spectrophotometric analysis demonstrated that a 1:1 cooperative hydrogen-bonding complex might be predominating in the pre-polymerization between the BER template and AA monomer. Adsorption experiments of BER on the polymer AD-10 were in accordance with the second-order and Langmuir adsorption models. The E value (5.70 kJ/mol) calculated from the Dubinin-Radushkevich model indicated that the adsorption followed a physisorption process. In addition, a Scatchard plot showed a single straight line with an equilibrium dissociation constant (K D) of 65.80 μmol/L. SPE analyses of a mixture of BER and PAL and the methanol extract from the cortices of Phellodendron wilsonii showed that AD-10 had more efficiency, and higher specificity and selectivity for SPE in the concentration and determination of BER and its extraction from natural products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038-1046
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry


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