Biomimetic Dispersive Solid-Phase Microextraction: A Novel Concept for High-Throughput Estimation of Human Oral Absorption of Organic Compounds

Anal Chem. 2023 Sep 5;95(35):13123-13131. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.3c01749. Epub 2023 Aug 24.


There is a quest for a novel in vitro analytical methodology that is properly validated for the prediction of human oral absorption and bioaccumulation of organic compounds with no need of animal models. The traditional log P parameter might not serve to predict bioparameters accurately inasmuch as it merely accounts for the hydrophobicity of the compound, but the actual interaction with the components of eukaryotic cells is neglected. This contribution proposes for the first time a novel biomimetic microextraction approach capitalized on immobilized phosphatidylcholine as a plasma membrane surrogate onto organic polymeric sorptive phases for the estimation of human intestinal effective permeability of a number of pharmaceuticals that are also deemed contaminants of emerging concern in environmental settings. A comprehensive exploration of the conformation of the lipid structure onto the surfaces is undertaken so as to discriminate the generation of either lipid monolayers or bilayers or the attachment of lipid nanovesicles. The experimentally obtained biomimetic extraction data is proven to be a superb parameter against other molecular descriptors for the development of reliable prediction models of human jejunum permeability with R2 = 0.76, but the incorporation of log D and the number of aromatic rings in multiple linear regression equations enabled improved correlations up to R2 = 0.88. This work is expected to open new avenues for expeditious in vitro screening methods for oral absorption of organic contaminants of emerging concern in human exposomics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomimetics*
  • Cell Membrane
  • Humans
  • Organic Chemicals*
  • Permeability
  • Phosphatidylcholines


  • Organic Chemicals
  • Phosphatidylcholines