Smooth deuterated cellulose films for the visualisation of adsorbed bio-macromolecules

Jielong Su, Vikram S. Raghuwanshi, Warwick Raverty, Christopher J. Garvey, Peter J. Holden, Marie Gillon, Stephen A. Holt, Rico Tabor, Warren Batchelor, Gil Garnier

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Novel thin and smooth deuterated cellulose films were synthesised to visualize adsorbed biomacromolecules using contrast variation neutron reflectivity (NR) measurements. Incorporation of varying degrees of deuteration into cellulose was achieved by growing Gluconacetobacter xylinus in deuterated glycerol as carbon source dissolved in growth media containing D2O. The derivative of deuterated cellulose was prepared by trimethylsilylation(TMS) in ionic liquid(1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride). The TMS derivative was dissolved in toluene for thin film preparation by spin-coating. The resulting film was regenerated into deuterated cellulose by exposure to acidic vapour. A common enzyme, horseradish peroxidase (HRP), was adsorbed from solution onto the deuterated cellulose films and visualized by NR. The scattering length density contrast of the deuterated cellulose enabled accurate visualization and quantification of the adsorbed HRP, which would have been impossible to achieve with non-deuterated cellulose. The procedure described enables preparing deuterated cellulose films that allows differentiation of cellulose and non-deuterated biomacromolecules using NR.
Original languageEnglish
Article number36119
Number of pages11
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016

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