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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 34, Number 8
BKCSDE 34(8)
August 20, 2013 

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Solid-Phase Extraction of Sarcosine as Prostate Cancer Biomarker from Human Urine
Hamid Hashemi-Moghaddam* Majid Rahimian, Bahman Niromand
Sarcosine, Molecularly imprinted polymer, Solid-phase extraction, Cancer marker
A highly selective molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for sarcosine, a cancer marker, was prepared and its use as solid-phase extraction (SPE) sorbent material was demonstrated. The MIP was prepared by a very simple procedure using methacrylic acid as functional monomer and a mixture acetonitrile/water (4/1, v/v) as porogen, overcoming in this way the problems usually related to the imprinting of biological polar compounds. The MIP was tested in batch experiments in order to evaluate its binding properties and then used as SPE sorbent for the selective clean-up and pre-concentration of sarcosine. The extraction protocol was successfully applied to the direct extraction of sarcosine from spiked human urine indicating that the MIP allowed sarcosine to be preconcentrated while simultaneously interfering compounds were removed from the matrix.
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