The relationship of interaction forces in the protein adsorption onto polymeric microspheres

Jeong Yeol Yoon, Jung Hyun Kim, Woo Sik Kim

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The relationship between hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions in protein adsorption was studied with various sulfonated microspheres, and it was compared with carboxylated microspheres. Hydrophobic interaction governed the adsorption in the low sulfonated microspheres and electrostatic interaction did in the high sulfonated ones. The transition point was observed when the two forces were exactly balanced, but it was shifted to the left compared to the case of the carboxylated microspheres. The above adsorption experiments with different kinds of surface functionality revealed the following general mechanism of protein adsorption. The protein adsorption mainly occurs by hydrophobic interaction when the hydrophobic surface is slightly modified with weak or strong acid, while it primarily occurs by hydrogen bonding (or electrostatic) interaction when the surface is mostly modified with weak (or strong) acid. The adsorption by electrostatic interaction is higher than that by any other interactions, but the rate of adsorption is slowest. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-419
Number of pages7
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Aug 15 1999
EventProceedings of the 1997 7th Iketani Conference - International Symposium on Advanced Technology of Fine Particles - Yokohama, Jpn
Duration: Oct 12 1997Oct 16 1997


  • Bovine serum albumin
  • Electrostatic interaction
  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Hydrophobic interaction
  • Protein adsorption
  • Sulfonated microspheres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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