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peptide self-assembly

Hao Jiang, Martin Ehlers, Xiao-Yu Hu, Elio Zellermann, Carsten Schmuck
Peptide amphiphiles capable of assembling into multidimensional nanostructures have attracted much attention over the past decade due to their potential applications in materials science. Herein, a novel diacetylene-derived peptide gemini amphiphile with a fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) group at the N-terminus is reported to hierarchically assemble into spherical micelles, one-dimensional nanorods, two-dimensional foamlike networks and lamellae. Solvent polarity shows a remarkable effect on the self-assembled structures by changing the balance of four weak noncovalent interactions (hydrogen-bonding, π-π stacking, hydrophobic interaction, and electrostatic repulsion)...
May 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Philip Ryan, Bhautikkumar Patel, Vivek Makwana, Hemant Jadhav, Milton John Kiefel, Andrew Davey, Tristan Reekie, Santosh Rudrawar, Michael Kassiou
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. For many years, AD causality was attributed to amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregated species. Recently, multiple therapies that target Aβ aggregation have failed in clinical trials, since Aβ aggregation is found in AD and healthy patients. Attention has therefore shifted towards the aggregation of the peptide tau as a major driver of AD. Numerous inhibitors of tau-based pathology have recently been developed...
May 21, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Yi-Han Ting, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Wan-Jung Cheng, Jia-Cherng Horng
Collagen-related materials have many potential biomedical applications because of their high biocompatibility and biodegradability. Designed collagen-mimetic peptides (CMPs) could self-assemble into supramolecular structures via a variety of interactions. In particular, metal-ligand interactions can induce microscale sizes of collagen assemblies. Our previous study also successfully applied metal-histidine coordination method to promote the self-assembly of CMPs into micrometers of constructs. In an effort to broaden the metal-induced strategies on assembling designed CMPs and explore the new insights into their assembly process, herein we designed and synthesized a series of short CMPs with one or more histidine residues incorporated into the peptides and used Zn(II) to induce the formation of collagen assembled microstructures...
May 21, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Leilei Shi, Xihui Gao, Wangzhang Yuan, Li Xu, Hongping Deng, Chenwei Wu, Jiapei Yang, Xin Jin, Chuan Zhang, Xinyuan Zhu
Herein, a highly stable aggregation-induced emission (AIE) fluorescent nanodot assembled by an amphiphilic quinoxalinone derivative-peptide conjugate, namely Quino-1-Fmoc-RACR (also termed as Q1-PEP), which exhibits large Stokes shift and an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-targeting capacity for bioimaging is reported. It is found that the resulting nanodot can effectively enter the ER with high fluorescent emission. As the ER is mainly involved in the transport of synthesized proteins in vesicles to the Golgi or lysosomes, the Q1-PEP nanodot with ER-targeting capacity can be used to monitor vesicular transport inside the cells...
May 21, 2018: Small
Guy Ochbaum, Maya Davidovich-Pinhas, Ronit Bitton
Alginate, a polysaccharide that gels in the presence of divalent ions, has been used in the field of regenerative medicine to facilitate cell growth in impaired tissues by providing an artificial bio-surrounding similar to the natural extra cellular matrix (ECM). Here, we present a systematic investigation of the effect of three arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD)-containing peptides, G6KRGDY, A6KRGDY and V6KRGDY, on the physical properties of alginate-peptide hydrogels. Rheology measurements showed that the storage modulus of the alginate-A6KRGDY and alginate-V6KRGDY gels is an order of magnitude higher than that of the alginate-G6KRGDY gel...
May 21, 2018: Soft Matter
Prabir Khatua, Sanjoy Bandyopadhyay
It is believed that the self-assembly of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides in the brain is the cause of Alzheimer's disease. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous solutions of Aβ protofilaments of different sizes at room temperature have been carried out to explore the dynamic properties of water confined within the core and at the exterior surface of the protofilaments. Attempts have been made to understand how the non-uniform distortion of the protofilaments associated with their structural crossover influences the diffusivity and the hydrogen bonding environment of the confined water molecules...
May 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Milica Grozdanovic, Kimberly G Laffey, Hazem Abdelkarim, Ben Hitchinson, Anantha Harijith, Hyung-Geon Moon, Gye Young Park, Lee K Rousslang, Joanne C Masterson, Glenn T Furuta, Nadya I Tarasova, Vadim Gaponenko, Steven J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Chemokine signaling through CCR3 is a key regulatory pathway for eosinophil recruitment into tissues associated with allergic inflammation and asthma. To date, none of the CCR3 antagonists have shown efficacy in clinical trials. One reason may be their unbiased mode of inhibition that prevents receptor internalization, leading to drug tolerance. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a novel peptide nanoparticle CCR3 inhibitor (R321) with a biased mode of inhibition that would block G-protein signaling, but enable or promote receptor internalization...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Mohammad Aref Khalily, Hakan Usta, Mehmet Ozdemir, Gokhan Bakan, F Begum Dikecoglu, Charlotte Edwards-Gayle, Jessica A Hutchinson, Ian W Hamley, Aykutlu Dana, Mustafa O Guler
π-Conjugated small molecules based on a [1]benzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophene (BTBT) unit are of great research interest in the development of solution-processable semiconducting materials owing to their excellent charge-transport characteristics. However, the BTBT π-core has yet to be demonstrated in the form of electro-active one-dimensional (1D) nanowires that are self-assembled in aqueous media for potential use in bioelectronics and tissue engineering. Here we report the design, synthesis, and self-assembly of benzothienobenzothiophene (BTBT)-peptide conjugates, the BTBT-peptide (BTBT-C3-COHN-Ahx-VVAGKK-Am) and the C8-BTBT-peptide (C8-BTBT-C3-COHN-Ahx-VVAGKK-Am), as β-sheet forming amphiphilic molecules, which self-assemble into highly uniform nanofibers in water with diameters of 11-13(±1) nm and micron-size lengths...
May 18, 2018: Nanoscale
Xiao Zhang, Xianghui Xu, Yachao Li, Cheng Hu, Zhijun Zhang, Zhongwei Gu
Poor drug penetration into tumor cells and tissues is a worldwide difficulty in cancer therapy. A strategy is developed for virion-like membrane-breaking nanoparticles (MBNs) to smoothly accomplish tumor-activated cell-and-tissue dual-penetration for surmounting impermeable drug-resistant cancer. Tailor-made dendritic arginine-rich peptide prodrugs are designed to mimic viral protein transduction domains and globular protein architectures. Attractively, these protein mimics self-assemble into virion-like nanoparticles in aqueous solution, having highly ordered secondary structure...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
Frédéric Gobeaux, Frank Wien
The common view on the amyloid fibril formation is that it is a multistep process that involves many oligomeric intermediate species, which leads to a high degree of polymorphism. This view derives from numerous kinetic studies whose vast majority was carried out with amyloid β fragments or other pathological amyloidogenic sequences. Yet, it is not clear whether the mechanisms inferred from these studies are universal and also apply to functional amyloids, in particular to peptide hormones which form reversible amyloid structures...
May 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Christian Bortolini, Lasse Hyldgaard Klausen, Søren Vrønning Hoffmann, Nykola C Jones, Daniela Saadeh, Zegao Wang, Tuomas P J Knowles, Mingdong Dong
Aberrant assembly of the amyloid-β (Aβ) is responsible for the development of Alzheimer's disease, but can also be exploited to obtain highly functional biomaterials. The short Aβ fragment, KLVFF (Aβ16-20), is crucial for Aβ assembly and considered to be an Aβ aggregation inhibitor. Here, we show that acetylation of KLVFF turns it into an extremely fast self-assembling molecule, reaching macroscopic (i.e. mm) size in seconds. We show that KLVFF is metastable and that the self-assembly can be directed towards a crystalline or fibrillar phase simply through chemical modification, via acetylation or amidation of the peptide...
May 17, 2018: ACS Nano
Khashti Ballabh Joshi, Ramesh Singh, Narendra Kumar Mishra, Vikas Kumar, Vandana Vinayak
We report the design and synthesis of biocompatible small peptide based molecule for the controlled and targeted delivery of the encapsulated bioactive metal ions via transforming their internal nanostructures. Tyrosine based short peptide amphiphile (sPA) was synthesized which self-assembled into β-sheet like secondary structures. The self assembly of the designed sPA was modulated by using different bioactive transition metal ions which is confirmed by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. These bioactive metal ions conjugated sPA hybrid structures are further used to develop antibacterial materials...
May 17, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Carsten Schmuck, Xiao-Yu Hu, Martin Ehlers, Elio Zellermann, Stefanie Mosel, Hao Jiang, Jan-Erik Ostwaldt, Shirley Knauer, Leyong Wang, Tingting Wang
Small peptides capable of assembling into well-defined nanostructures have attracted extensive attention due to their interesting applications as biomaterials. Herein, we report the first example of a pillararene functionalized with a guanidiniocarbonyl pyrrole (GCP)-conjugated short peptide segment. The obtained amphiphilic peptide 1 spontaneously self-assembles into a supramolecular β-sheet in aqueous solution based on host-guest interaction between pillararene and GCP unit as well as hydrogen-bonding between the peptide strands...
May 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Zeynep Okur, Oya I Senturk, Canelif Yilmaz, Gulcihan Gulseren, Busra Mammadov, Mustafa O Guler, Ayse B Tekinay
Promotion of neurite outgrowth is an important limiting step for regeneration in nerve injury and depends strongly on the local expression of nerve growth factor (NGF). The rational design of bioactive materials is a promising approach for the development of novel therapeutic methods for nerve regeneration, and biomaterials capable of presenting NGF to nerve cells are especially suitable for this purpose. In this study, we show bioactive peptide amphiphile (PA) nanofibers capable of promoting neurite outgrowth by displaying high density binding epitopes for NGF...
May 17, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Qin Fan, Yujie Ji, Jingjing Wang, Li Wu, Weidong Li, Rui Chen, Zhipeng Chen
Peptide-drug conjugates (PDCs) as self-assembly prodrugs have the unique and specific features to build one-component nanomedicines. Supramolecular structure based on PDCs could form various morphologies ranging from nanotube, nanofibre, nanobelt to hydrogel. However, the assembly process of PDCs is too complex to predict or control. Herein, we investigated the effects of extrinsic factors on assembly morphology and the possible formation of nanostructures based on PDCs. To this end, we designed a PDC consisting of hydrophobic drug ( S )-ketoprofen (Ket) and valine-glutamic acid dimeric repeats peptide (L-VEVE) to study their assembly behaviour...
April 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Kiri Thornalley, Erik Laurini, Sabrina Pricl, David K Smith
A family of four self-assembling lipopeptides containing Ala-Lys peptides attached to a C16 aliphatic chain was synthesised. These compounds form two enantiomeric pairs that bear a diastereomeric relationship to one another (C16-L-Ala-L-Lys/C16-D-Ala-D-Lys) and (C16-D-Ala-L-Lys/C16-L-Ala-D-Lys). These diastereomeric pairs have very different critical micelle concentrations (CMCs), with LL/DD < DL/LD suggesting more effective assembly of the former. The self-assembled multivalent (SAMul) systems bind biological polyanions as result of the cationic lysine groups on their surfaces...
May 15, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Xuejiao Yang, Yuefei Wang, Wei Qi, Jiaxing Zhang, Liwei Zhang, Renliang Huang, Rongxin Su, Zhimin He
The photo-induced reconfigurable assembly of nanostructures via the simultaneous noncovalent and covalent polymerization of a functional ferrocene-tyrosine (Fc-Y) molecule is reported. The Fc-Y monomers can directly self-assemble into nanospheres with a smooth surface driven by noncovalent interactions. By covalent photo-crosslinking of the Fc-Y monomers, the nanospheres transform spontaneously into hollow vesicles composed of hierarchically ordered lamellar structures. It is worth noting that the formed nanostructures exhibit both reducing property for in situ mineralization of gold nanoparticles with tunable biocatalytic behavior, and the redox activity for superior energy storage capacity...
May 14, 2018: Small
Heejung Im, Su Hee Kim, Soo Hyun Kim, Youngmee Jung
We developed a highly elastic customized scaffold for soft-tissue regeneration and combined them with bioactive hydrogels with stem-cell-inducing ability. This was done to mimic mechanical properties of native soft tissues and improve the viability of transplanted cells as well as efficiency of tissue regeneration. The proposed study was aimed at evaluating various characteristics of scaffolds and investigating their tissue regenerating ability. Finger shaped porous scaffolds were successfully fabricated by an indirect 3D printing of poly (L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) (PLCL) which provides a high elasticity for soft tissue engineering...
May 14, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Kuan Hu, Yixiang Jiang, Wei Xiong, Hu Li, Pei-Yu Zhang, Feng Yin, Qianling Zhang, Hao Geng, Fan Jiang, Zhou Li, Xinwei Wang, Zigang Li
The self-assembly of peptides into ordered nanostructures is important for understanding both peptide molecular interactions and nanotechnological applications. However, because of the complexity and various self-assembling pathways of peptide molecules, design of self-assembling helical peptides with high controllability and tunability is challenging. We report a new self-assembling mode that uses in-tether chiral center-induced helical peptides as a platform for tunable peptide self-assembly with good controllability...
May 2018: Science Advances
Zhenyin Chen, Yuanyuan Yue, Huinan Zhang, Chunyan Chen, Bo Liu, Xueqin Li, Jing Wen, Shuyi Wu, Zhongli Luo
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of self-assembling peptide GFS-4 on three-dimen-sional myocardial cell culture and tissue repair of myocardial infarction. The circular dichroism (CD) spectrum was used to detect secondary structure of GFS-4, and atomic force microscope (AFM) was used to analyze the microstructure of self-assembly. The nanofiber scaffolds self-assembled by GFS-4 were used as the three-dimensional culture material to observe the growth effect of cardiomyocytes. The model of myocardial infarction was established and the effect of GFS-4 on myocardial infarction was studied...
June 1, 2017: Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue za Zhi, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi
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