An electrochemical study of microporous track-etched membrane permeability and the effect of surface protein layers.
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Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces
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Microporous track-etched membranes serve as important permeable growth surfaces for cell culture where diffusive solute transport is needed across two growth compartments. This study has established effective solute diffusion coefficients for four probe micro-solutes: hydrogen peroxide, pyrocatechol, acetaminophen and ascorbic acid across three track-etched membranes formulated, respectively, from polycarbonate and polyethylene terephthalate. Chronoamperometry and cyclic voltammetry were used for the diffusion measurements. These showed substantially reduced intra-pore diffusion in relation to available pore area. Diffusion coefficients ranging from 1.43×10(-10) to 3.17×10(-7)cm(2)s(-1) were demonstrated. This strongly suggests that water organisation in micro-pores is not equivalent to that of bulk water. Superimposed protein layers of Type I and IV collagen, Type I collagen-fibronectin, Type I collagen-heparin, and Type I collagen-chondroitin sulphate increased diffusional resistance, but with disproportional retardation of ascorbate diffusion due to charge repulsion at collagen-heparin and collagen-chondroitin sulphate combinations. Diffusive resistance at natural tendon and cartilage was considerably smaller; diffusion coefficients ranged from 8.33×10(-6) to 1.09×10(-8)cm(2)s(-1).
AuthorsAdatia, K; Raja, M; Vadgama, P
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