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Block copolymer conjugates prepared by sequentially grafting from proteins via RAFT

journal contribution
posted on 2011-07-01, 00:00 authored by Hongmei Li, Ming Li, Xiao Yu, Abhijeet Bapat, Brent S Sumerlin
Well-defined thermoresponsive block copolymer conjugates were prepared by two consecutive grafting-from polymerizationsvia reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. A RAFT agent containing an activated ester was conjugated to amines on lysozyme, and N-isopropylacrylamide was polymerized by grafting directly from the modified protein in aqueous buffer. Retention of the active thiocarbonylthio moieties on the ω end of the conjugated chains allowed chain extension viapolymerization of N,N-dimethylacrylamide to yield lysozyme–poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (LYS–PNIPAM-b-PDMA) block copolymer conjugates. Analysis of the conjugates, as well as the cleaved homopolymers and block copolymers, indicated the grafting-from polymerizations were well controlled and that chain extension during block copolymerization was efficient. The temperature-responsive aqueous solution behavior of the resulting conjugates was investigated.

History

Journal

Polymer chemistry

Volume

2

Issue

7

Pagination

1531 - 1535

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

Location

Cambridge, Eng.

ISSN

1759-9954

eISSN

1759-9962

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Copyright notice

2011, The Royal Society of Chemistry