Labeling of Nanofiber-Forming Peptides by Site-Directed Bioconjugation: Effect of Spacer Length on Self-Assembly

Author(s): Alessandra Scelsi, Brigida Bochicchio*, Antonietta Pepe*

Journal Name: Current Organic Synthesis

Volume 16 , Issue 2 , 2019

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Background: The conjugation of small organic molecules to self-assembling peptides is a versatile tool to decorate nanostructures with original functionalities. Labeling with chromophores or fluorophores, for example, creates optically active fibers with potential interest in photonic devices.

Aim and Objective: In this work, we present a rapid and effective labeling procedure for a self-assembling peptide able to form nanofibers. Rapid periodate oxidation of the N-terminal serine residue of the peptide and subsequent conjugation with dansyl moiety generated fluorophore-decorated peptides.

Results: Three dansyl-conjugated self-assembling peptides with variable spacer-length were synthesized and characterized and the role of the size of the linker between fluorophore and peptide in self-assembling was investigated. Our results show that a short linker can alter the self-assembly in nanofibers of the peptide.

Conclusions: Herein we report on an alternative strategy for creating functionalized nanofibrils, able to expand the toolkit of chemoselective bioconjugation strategies to be used in site-specific decoration of self-assembling peptides.

Keywords: Bioconjugation, peptide, periodate oxidation, self-assembly, fluorescent tag, atomic force microscopy.

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