Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 388, Issue 5–6, pp 1137–1145 | Cite as

Recognition of oxytocin by capillary electrochromatography with monolithic tetrapeptide-imprinted polymer used as the stationary phase

  • Chao Zheng
  • Zhaosheng Liu
  • Ruyu Gao
  • Lihua Zhang
  • Yukui ZhangEmail author
Original Paper


Using YPLG (Tyr-Pro-Leu-Gly), a tetrapeptide, as the template, an imprinted monolithic column was prepared and applied to the selective recognition of oxytocin based on the epitope approach and capillary electrochromatography (CEC). By optimizing the polymerization solution in terms of functional monomer, cross-linking reagent, porogen, and imprinted template via CEC evaluations of synthesized columns, an imprinted monolith with good recognition capacity (the imprinting factors for YPLG and oxytocin were 4.499 and 4.013, respectively) and high column efficiency (theoretical plates for YPLG and oxytocin were 22,995 plates/m and 16,952 plates/m, respectively) was achieved. In addition, the effects of various experimental parameters on the recognition of oxytocin, including the organic modifier content, the buffer concentration, and the pH value, were studied systematically. Furthermore, a mixture of oxytocin and other proteins was analyzed using this monolithic CEC column, and oxytocin was eluted much more slowly than other large biomolecules, which demonstrated the high selective recognition ability of such an imprinted monolith for oxytocin with PLG (Pro-Leu-Gly) as the epitope.


Separation of a mixture of oxytocin, BSA, bovine hemoglobin, ovalbumin, and lysozyme on the open column, the blank monolithic column, and the monolithic YPLG-imprinted column


Molecularly imprinted polymer Capillary electrochromatography Monolithic column Epitope approach Oxytocin 



The authors are grateful for the financial support from the State Key Fundamental Research Program (20435020) and the National Natural Science Foundation (20575045).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chao Zheng
    • 1
  • Zhaosheng Liu
    • 2
  • Ruyu Gao
    • 3
  • Lihua Zhang
    • 4
  • Yukui Zhang
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.College of ChemistryNankai UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.College of PharmacyTianjin Medical UniversityTianjinChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Element Organic Chemistry,Institute of Element Organic ChemistryNankai UniversityTianjinChina
  4. 4.National Chromatographic R. & A. Center, Dalian Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesDalianChina

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