Study on the preparation of molecular imprinted polymer for analysis of N-phenylglycine in human urine

Lei Feng, Xianyu Liang, Xuejin Mao, Hao Wan, Yan Wu*, Quanbin Han*

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N-phenylglycine (NPG) in human urine could be an important biomarker for predicting cancers, but its detection has difficulty due to its low abundance in urine. Herein, we report a molecular imprinted polymer (MIP) method to efficiently recognize NPG in urine. The MIP was prepared by precipitation polymerization, adopting NPG as the template, acrylamide (AM) as functional monomer, trimethylpropane triacrylate (TRIM) as crosslinking agent, and acetonitrile as porogen. The specificity and selectivity of MIP towards NPG in human urine were determined by comparing MIP's adsorption to the NPG and N-crotonylglycine (NTG) under the same conditions. The result β = QMIP-NPG/QMIP-NTG = 4.7 indicated the satisfactory specificity and selectivity. Parameters affecting the extraction efficiency were further optimized. Under the optimum conditions, the linear range, limit of detection, and limit of quantification of NPG were 0.5–100 mg∙L−1, 1.6 × 10−2 mg∙L−1, and 5.5 × 10−2 mg∙L−1, respectively. Recoveries of NPG in human urine were in the range of 84.7–100.0% with RSDS of 3.8–10.8%. The developed method demonstrated superior selectivity to the target analyte, which can be applied to separate and enrich the NPG from urine samples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122918
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Human urine
  • Molecular imprinted polymer (MIP)
  • Molecular selective extraction
  • N-phenylglycine
  • Ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)


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