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Affinity Chromatographic Materials


Affinity beads; Affinity matrices; Affinity resins


Affinity signifies the degree to which a molecule associates with another molecule. Affinity chromatography takes advantage of this association to isolate and purify target molecules for the ligand of interest from mixtures. Functional materials used to perform affinity purification of the target molecules are termed as affinity chromatography materials (affinity matrices).

Introduction and Historical Background

Affinity chromatography, one of liquid chromatography techniques, is based on specific and reversible interactions found in biological systems such as antigen–antibody reactions and enzyme–substrate interactions. Affinity chromatography is a practical and useful method capable of selectively isolating and purifying a target molecule from crude mixtures, using a specific binding partner or a ligand [1, 2]. Cell lysates or chemical libraries have been used as crude mixtures containing target molecules for...


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Gupta, V., Thamamongood, T., Sakamoto, S., Handa, H., Yamaguchi, Y. (2014). Affinity Chromatographic Materials. In: Kobayashi, S., Müllen, K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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