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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Adsorption of proteins from artificial tear solutions to contact lens materials.

A series of polymers and copolymers of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) were synthesized in order to find surfaces that would adsorb minimal amounts of protein. The adsorption of albumin, lysozyme and immunoglobulin G from a three-way mixture of these proteins in isotonic buffered saline to the polymers was measured using 125I-labeled proteins. Apparently high protein uptake on copolymers rich in HEMA was found to be due to sorption of unbound 125I by the polymers. 125I sorption by the polymers was minimized by dialysis of the protein solution to remove unbound 125I iodide and inclusion of 0.01 M sodium iodide to block uptake of residual 125I iodide. Using these improved protocols, minimal total protein uptake was observed on copolymers containing 50% or more HEMA. The majority of adsorbed protein on all p(MMA-HEMA) polymers was albumin. Total protein uptake was greatest on pMMA. Commercial contact lenses composed of copolymers of HEMA and N-vinyl pyrrolidone (NVP) or acrylamide (AAm) adsorbed small amounts of all proteins whereas copolymers of methacrylic acid (MAAc) and HEMA adsorbed much larger quantities of lysozyme. These results indicate that protein uptake by contact lens materials varies greatly with polymer composition. Artifactually high "adsorption" can occur if precautions are not taken to prevent uptake of unbound 125I.[1]


  1. Adsorption of proteins from artificial tear solutions to contact lens materials. Bohnert, J.L., Horbett, T.A., Ratner, B.D., Royce, F.H. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. (1988) [Pubmed]
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