Laccase Complex with Polyvinylamine Bearing Grafted TEMPO is a Cellulose Adhesion Primer
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Polyelectrolyte complexes formed between laccase and polyvinylamine with grafted TEMPO moieties, PVAm-T, adsorb onto cellulose, causing oxidation. All evidence supports the view that aldehyde groups on oxidized cellulose condense with primary amine groups, giving a grafted layer of PVAm-T complexed with laccase. The grafted PVAm-T serves as a primer layer promoting wet cellulose-to-cellulose adhesion in the presence of PVAm adhesive. The cellulose modification occurs at ambient temperatures and pH 5. The adhesion improvements with mixtures of PVAm-T and laccase are remarkable because both components are macromolecular, which should inhibit the ability of the TEMPO to act as a shuttle between the enzyme and the primary hydroxyl groups on cellulose. It is proposed that PVAm-bound oxoammonium ions exchange with neighboring TEMPO moieties, providing a mechanism for the transfer of oxidation activity from immobilized enzyme to the cellulose surfaces.
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