Noncovalent triblock copolymers based on coiled-coil peptide motif


Robson Marsden, H., Korobkov, I.V., Leeuwen, van, E.N.M., Pouget, E.M., Veen, S.J., Sommerdijk, N.A.J.M. & Kros, A. (2008). Noncovalent triblock copolymers based on coiled-coil peptide motif. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(29), 9386-9393. In Scopus Cited 67 times.

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The formation of a noncovalent triblock copolymer based on a coiled-coil peptide motif is demonstrated in solution. A specific peptide pair (E and K) able to assemble into heterocoiled coils was chosen as the middle block of the polymer and conjugated to poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and polystyrene (PS) as the outer blocks. Mixing equimolar amounts of the polymer-peptide block copolymers PS-E and K-PEG resulted in the formation of coiled-coil complexes between the peptides and subsequently in the formation of the amphiphilic triblock copolymer PS-E/K-PEG. Aqueous self-assembly of the separate peptides (E and K), the block copolymers (PS-E and K-PEG), and equimolar mixtures thereof was studied by circular dichroism, dynamic light scattering, and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the noncovalent PS-E/K-PEG copolymer assembled into rodlike micelles, while in all other cases, spherical micelles were observed. Temperature-dependent studies revealed the reversible nature of the coiled-coil complex and the influence of this on the morphology of the aggregate. A possible mechanism for these transitions based on the interfacial free energy and the free energy of the hydrophobic blocks is discussed. The self-assembly of the polymer-peptide conjugates is compared to that of polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene glycol), emphasizing the importance of the coiled-coil peptide block in determining micellar structure and dynamic behavior.