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Preparation and Characterization of Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Nanoparticles for Atrial Natriuretic Peptide (ANP)

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  • Chunyan Wang,

    1. Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
    2. Nanomedicine Research Center, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
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  • Mark Howell,

    1. Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
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  • Payal Raulji,

    1. Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
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  • Yvonne Davis,

    1. Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
    2. Nanomedicine Research Center, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
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  • Subhra Mohapatra

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
    2. Nanomedicine Research Center, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA
    3. James A Haley VA Hospital, 12902 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, 33612, USA
    • Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL, USA.
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Abstract

Natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPRA), the receptor for the cardiac hormone atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), is expressed abundantly on cancer cells and disruption of ANP-NPRA signaling inhibits tumor burden and metastasis. Since antagonists of NPRA signaling have not provided reproducible results, we reason that a synthetic neutralizing antibody to ANP, which has high selectivity and affinity for ANP, can be used to regulate ANP levels and attenuate NPRA signaling. In this study, we prepare molecularly imprinted polymeric nanoparticles (MIPNPs) for ANP using a short peptide of ANP as the template and determine their binding affinity and selectivity. The MIPNPs are prepared by precipitation polymerization using NH2–SLRRSS–CONH2, which is a short peptide from ANP, as a template, methacrylic acid and N-isopropylacrylamide as functional monomers, and bis-acrylamide as a crosslinker. The average diameters of the MIPNPs and of non-imprinted nanoparticles (NIPNPs) in water are 215.8 ± 4.6 nm and 197.7 ± 3.1 nm respectively. The binding-isotherm analysis shows that the MIPNPs have a much-higher binding affinity for the template peptide and ANP than the NIPNPs. Scatchard analysis gives an equilibrium dissociation constant, Kd, of 7.3 × 10−6M with a binding capacity of 106.7 μmol g−1 for the template peptide and a Kd of 7.9 × 10−6M with a binding capacity of 36.0 μmol g−1 for the ANP. Measurements of the binding kinetics reveal that MIPNPs reach protein-adsorption equilibrium in 30 min. The MIPNPs are found to have a high specificity for ANP with little affinity for BSA or scrambled ANP peptide. The MIPNPs also recognize and adsorb ANP in cell-culture medium spiked with ANP and in human plasma. Taken together, these results indicate that the MIPNPs have a high affinity and selectivity for ANP and can be used as a synthetic antibody for modulating ANP-NPRA signaling in cancers.

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