Vesicles from peptidic side-chain polymers synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization

Adams, D. J. , Atkins, D., Cooper, A. I., Furzeland, S., Trewin, A. and Young, I. (2008) Vesicles from peptidic side-chain polymers synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization. Biomacromolecules, 9(11), pp. 2997-3003. (doi:10.1021/bm8006693) (PMID:18821797)

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Abstract

Block copolymers can adopt a wide range of morphologies in dilute aqueous solution. There is a significant amount of interest in the use of block copolymer vesicles for a number of applications. We show that a series of oligo(valine) and oligo(phenylalanine) peptides coupled to a methacrylic group can be prepared by conventional peptide coupling techniques. These can be successfully polymerized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) giving access to poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(side-chain peptides). Many of these polymers self-assemble to form vesicles using an organic to aqueous solvent exchange. One example with a divaline hydrophobic block gives a mixture of toroids and vesicles. Circular dichroism demonstrates that secondary structuring is observed in the hydrophobic region of the vesicle walls for the valine side-chain containing polymers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Dave
Authors: Adams, D. J., Atkins, D., Cooper, A. I., Furzeland, S., Trewin, A., and Young, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Biomacromolecules
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:1525-7797
ISSN (Online):1526-4602
Published Online:27 September 2008

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