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Folding Induced Assembly of Polypeptide Decorated Gold Nanoparticles
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry II.
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2008 (English)In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, Vol. 130, no 17, 5780-5788 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Reversible assembly of gold nanoparticles controlled by the homodimerization and folding of an immobilized de novo designed synthetic polypeptide is described. In solution at neutral pH, the polypeptide folds into a helix-loop-helix four-helix bundle in the presence of zinc ions. When immobilized on gold nanoparticles, the addition of zinc ions induces dimerization and folding between peptide monomers located on separate particles, resulting in rapid particle aggregation. The particles can be completely redispersed by removal of the zinc ions from the peptide upon addition of EDTA. Calcium ions, which do not induce folding in solution, have no effect on the stability of the peptide decorated particles. The contribution from folding on particle assembly was further determined utilizing a reference peptide with the same primary sequence but containing both D and L amino acids. Particles functionalized with the reference peptide do not aggregate, as the peptides are unable to fold. The two peptides, linked to the nanoparticle surface via a cysteine residue located in the loop region, form submonolayers on planar gold with comparable properties regarding surface density, orientation, and ability to interact with zinc ions. These results demonstrate that nanoparticle assembly can be induced, controlled, and to some extent tuned, by exploiting specific molecular interactions involved in polypeptide folding.

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2008. Vol. 130, no 17, 5780-5788 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-17019DOI: 10.1021/ja711330fISI: 000255360100045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-17019DiVA: diva2:44790
Available from: 2008-06-13 Created: 2008-06-13Bibliographically approved

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