Bioorthogonal dual functionalization of self-assembling peptide fibers

Mahmoud, Z. N., Gunnoo, S. B., Thomson, A. R. , Fletcher, J. M. and Woolfson, D. N. (2011) Bioorthogonal dual functionalization of self-assembling peptide fibers. Biomaterials, 32(15), pp. 3712-3720. (doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.12.002) (PMID:21353303)

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The ability to modify peptide- and protein-based biomaterials selectively under mild conditions and in aqueous buffers is essential to the development of certain areas of bionanotechnology, tissue engineering and synthetic biology. Here we show that Self-Assembling peptide Fibers (SAFs) can incorporate multiple modified peptides non-covalently, stoichiometrically and without disrupting their structure or stability. The modified peptides contain groups suitable for post-assembly click reactions in water, namely azides and alkenes. Labeling of these groups is achieved using the orthogonal Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne and photoinitiated thiol-ene reactions, respectively. Functionalization is demonstrated through the conjugation of biotin followed by streptavidin-nanogold particles, or rhodamine, and visualized by electron and light microscopy, respectively. This has been shown for fibers harboring either or both of the modified peptides. Furthermore, the amounts of each modified peptide in the fibers can be varied with concomitant changes in decoration. This approach allows the design and assembly of fibers with multiple functional components, paving the way for the development of multi-component functionalized systems.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors thank the Woolfson group for helpful discussions, and the BBSRC for funding (grant BB/E022359/1).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Thomson, Dr Drew
Authors: Mahmoud, Z. N., Gunnoo, S. B., Thomson, A. R., Fletcher, J. M., and Woolfson, D. N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Biomaterials
Published Online:24 February 2011

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