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Rational design of molecularly imprinted polymers for recognition of cannabinoids: A structure-property relationship study

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Fernandes, Luciana S. [1] ; Homem-de-Mello, Paula [1] ; de Lima, Elizabete C. [1] ; Honorio, Kathia M. [1, 2]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Fed ABC, BR-09210170 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Artes Ciencias & Humanidades, BR-03828000 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: EUROPEAN POLYMER JOURNAL; v. 71, p. 364-371, OCT 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 10

Molecular modeling studies were performed to investigate the molecular interactions between the molecules of template (Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol - Delta(9)-THC - and 11-nor-9-carboxy-Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol - THC-COOH) and the reagents of synthesis commonly employed in the preparation of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP), as functional monomer, porogenic solvent and the cross linker. The electronic interaction energy (SE) between the templates and the possible reagents of synthesis was evaluated using the DFT method with B3LYP functional and the basis set 6-311G(d,p), considering that for a given template, a monomer that results in the largest value of Delta E is the most suitable for the synthesis. The solvent effect was also included using the Polarizable Continuum Model and the choice of the most suitable solvent was based on the smallest value of Delta E-solv. It was shown that for both templates, the functional monomer acrylic acid (AA) provided the largest Delta E, while the functional monomer 4-vinylpyridine (4-VPy) provided the smallest one. For choosing the porogenic solvent, chloroform showed the smallest Delta E-solv. Thus, the use of AA as monomer and chloroform as porogenic solvent is expected to result in a better MIP rebinding properties and selectivity rather than MIP synthesized with the other monomers and solvents. The main interactions between the molecules of template and monomers in each interaction site and the correlation between Delta E values and the charge variation in these sites were also analyzed. The results in this study provided a better understanding on the events that may occur during the imprinting process and may be useful in the rational choice of the best conditions for the synthesis of MiPs, which could be applied in the selective detection of Delta(9)-THC and THC-COOH. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 10/20762-4 - Use of molecular imprinting polymers (MIPs) for solid-phase extraction (MISPE) of marijuana, cocaine (and its metabolites) in domestic sewage from ETE Parque Andreense (Santo André, SP) by separation techniques with DAD and mass spectrometry detection
Grantee:Elizabete Campos de Lima
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/09954-4 - Theoretical and experimental study of the use of molecularly imprinted polymers for the determination of cannabinoids and metabolites in domestic sewage samples from ETE Parque Andreense.
Grantee:Luciana Sarmento Fernandes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master