α-Chymotrypsin, a commonly used protease, was modified with well-defined oligomers synthesized by RAFT. The well defined polymers were synthesized based on the monomers N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMAm) or oligo(ethylene oxide) methyl ether acrylate (OEOA). The polymers were conjugated to free amine groups on chymotrypsin through an in-situ 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide/N-hydroxysuccinimide (EDC/NHS) coupling approach. The protein–polymer conjugates retained enzymatic activity, and the higher molecular weight DMAm and OEOA polymer, created protein–polymer conjugates with significantly enhanced stability, presumably due to the high molecular weight polymer preventing autolysis of the α-chymotrypsin.

This paper was originally published in Polymers 72 (2015) Pages 382-386

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