In Situ Inner Lumen Attachment of Heparin to Poly(ether sulfone) Hollow Fiber Membranes Used for Microdialysis Sampling
by Phillips, Sarah J.; Stenken, Julie A.
An in situ chemical surface modification method to attach heparin to the inner lumen of a single hollow fiber poly(ether sulfone) (PES) membrane incorporated into a commercial microdialysis sampling device is described. The immobilization process uses gentle, room-temperature conditions with the enzyme laccase (E.C. 184.108.40.206) and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4HBA). The resulting functionalized inner membrane surface with a carboxylic acid functional groups allowed for (1-ethyl-3-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl) carbodimide)/N-hydroxysuccinimide) EDC/NHS chemistry to attach heparin to the membrane surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements suggested successful attachment of 4HBA polymers and heparin onto the PES membrane. The microdialysis extraction efficiency after membrane surface modification was measured with model compounds fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled dextrans and lysozyme and the cytokines acidic fibroblast growth factor (aFGF) and CXCL1 (KC/GRO). This work demonstrates an in situ method to modify commercially available PES hollow fiber microdialysis membranes with amine or carboxylic acid functional groups.