ACS applied materials & interfaces

Fabrication of an Anti-Biofouling Plasma-Filtration Membrane by an Electrospinning Process Using Photo-Cross-linkable Zwitterionic Phospholipid Polymers.

PMID 28535035


The goal of this study is to fabricate a stable plasma filtration membrane with antibiofouling properties via an electrospinning process. To this end, a random-type copolymer consisting of zwitterionic phosphorylcholine (PC) groups and ultraviolet (UV)-cross-linkable phenyl azide groups was synthesized. The zwitterionic PC group provides antibiofouling properties, and the phenyl azide group enables the stable maintenance of the fibrous nanostructure of hydrophilic zwitterion polymers in aqueous medium via a simple UV curing process. To demonstrate the antibiofouling nature of the PC group, a polymer without antibiofouling PC groups was also prepared for comparison. The successful synthesis of the random-type copolymers containing phenyl azide groups was proven by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and the fibrous structure of the prepared membranes was observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy. The antibiofouling properties were analyzed by fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled bovine serum albumin adsorption and platelet adhesion tests. The experimental results show that membranes containing zwitterionic PC groups exhibited obvious decreases in platelet adhesion and protein adsorption. Platelet-rich plasma solution was filtered using the prepared membranes to test their filtration properties. The sequential filtration process removed 80% and almost 98% of the platelets. This finding confirmed that the membrane retained its blood-inert biomaterial surface in a complex medium that included blood plasma and platelets.