Picture of UK Houses of Parliament

Leading national thinking on politics, government & public policy through Open Access research

Strathprints makes available scholarly Open Access content by researchers in the School of Government & Public Policy, based within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Research here is 1st in Scotland for research intensity and spans a wide range of domains. The Department of Politics demonstrates expertise in understanding parties, elections and public opinion, with additional emphases on political economy, institutions and international relations. This international angle is reflected in the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) which conducts comparative research on public policy. Meanwhile, the Centre for Energy Policy provides independent expertise on energy, working across multidisciplinary groups to shape policy for a low carbon economy.

Explore the Open Access research of the School of Government & Public Policy. Or explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research...

POLY 385-interfacing LCDs and bioresponsive hydrogels

Birchall, Louise S. and Ulijn, Rein V. and Webb, Simon J. (2009) POLY 385-interfacing LCDs and bioresponsive hydrogels. Abstracts of papers - American Chemical Society, 238. ISSN 0065-7727

Full text not available in this repository.Request a copy from the Strathclyde author

Abstract

We report the use of enzyme-responsive peptide hydrogels interfaced with LCD detection to give robust, power-free, portable and inexpensive sensing of proteases. In this approach hydrogel building blocks are contained within a sensor chamber. Addition of a protease results in cleavage of the hydrogel components producing Fmoc-peptide fragments which no longer self-assemble. Gel to solution transitions trigger an LCD response which can be visualised by placing the chamber between crossed polarisers: bright to dark transitions in the LC brightness indicate a positive optical response. Presented are our results for three systems where enzymatic hydrolysis of hydrogels could be followed by optical microscopy. A decrease in transmission was quantified via pixel counting and extent of hydrolysis followed by HPLC. Gel to solution transitions were monitored independently by fluorescence spectroscopy and imaged by AFM