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Environmental Responsiveness of Polygalacturonic Acid-Based Multilayers to Variation of pH.
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PMID:  21171563     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The effect of pH on the stability of layer-by-layer deposited polygalacturonic acid (PGalA)-based multilayer films prepared with the polycations poly-l-lysine, chitosan, and lysozyme is studied. The response was characterized using a quartz crystal microbalance, dual polarization interferometry, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy which probe multilayer thickness, density, polymer mass (composition and speciation), and hydration. All multilayers showed irreversible changes in response to pH change becoming thinner due to the partial disassembly. Preferential loss of the polycation (50-80% w/w) and relative small losses of PGaLA (10-35% w/w) occurred. The charge density on the polycation has a strong influence on the response to the acid cycle. Most of the disassembly takes place at the pH lower that pK(a) of PGaLA, indicating that this factor was crucial in determining the stability of the films. The pH challenge also revealed a polycation-dependent shift to acid pH in the PGaLA pK(a).
Marta Westwood; Timothy R Noel; Roger Parker
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-12-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biomacromolecules     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1526-4602     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
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Created Date:  2010-12-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100892849     Medline TA:  Biomacromolecules     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich NR4 7UA, United Kingdom.
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