Publication
Title
Specific $His_{6}$-tag attachment to metal-functionalized polymersomes relies on molecular recognition
Author
Abstract
 The development of nanocarriers for drug/protein delivery is in focus today, as they can serve to both decrease dosages and improve localization to a desired biological compartment A powerful tool to functionalize these carriers is specific affinity tagging supported by molecular recognition, a key principle in biology. However, the geometry of the binding region in a molecular recognition process, and thus its conformation and specificity, are in many cases poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that short, model peptides, His(6)-tags, selectively recognize Cu-II-trisnitrilotriacetic acid moieties (Cu-II-trisNTA) when exposed at the surfaces of polymer vesicles designed to serve as nanocarriers or as surfaces for proteins. binding. A Mixture of poly(butadiene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PB-b-PEO) and Cu-II-trisNTA-functionalized PB-b-PEO diblock copolymers (10:1) self-assembles in aqueous solution, generating vesicles with a hydrodynamic radius of approximately 100 nm, as established by light scattering and TEM. Fluorescently labeled His(6) tags specifically bind to metal centers exposed on vesicles surface, with a dissociation constant of 0.6 +/- 0.2 mu M, as determined by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. The significant rearrangement in the geometry of the metal center upon peptide binding was characterized by a combination of,CW-EPR, pulse-EPR, and DFT computations. Understanding the binding configuration around the metal center inside NTA pocket exposed at the surface of vesicles supports further. development of efficient targetable nanocarriers that can be recognized selectively by molecular recognition in a biological environment and facilitates their immobilization on solid supports and their use in two-dimensional protein arrays.
Language
English
Source (journal)
The journal of physical chemistry : B : condensed matter, materials, surfaces, interfaces and biophysical. - Washington, D.C.
Publication
Washington, D.C. : 2012
ISSN
1520-6106
1520-5207
Volume/pages
116:33(2012), p. 10113-10124
ISI
000307749100026
Full text (Publishers DOI)
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