Expanding the Structural Diversity and Functional Scope of Diphenylalanine-Based Peptide Architectures by Hierarchical Coassembly

Wei Ji*, Yiming Tang, Pandeeswar Makam, Yifei Yao, Ranran Jiao, Kaiyong Cai, Guanghong Wei*, Ehud Gazit*

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Abstract

Modulation of the structural diversity of diphenylalanine-based assemblies by molecular modification and solvent alteration has been extensively explored for bio- and nanotechnology. However, regulation of the structural transition of assemblies based on this minimal building block into tunable supramolecular nanostructures and further construction of smart supramolecular materials with multiple responsiveness are still an unmet need. Coassembly, the tactic employed by natural systems to expand the architectural space, has been rarely explored. Herein, we present a coassembly approach to investigate the morphology manipulation of assemblies formed by N-terminally capped diphenylalanine by mixing with various bipyridine derivatives through intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The coassembly-induced structural diversity is fully studied by a set of biophysical techniques and computational simulations. Moreover, multiple-responsive two-component supramolecular gels are constructed through the incorporation of functional bipyridine molecules into the coassemblies. This study not only depicts the coassembly strategy to manipulate the hierarchical nanoarchitecture and morphology transition of diphenylalanine-based assemblies by supramolecular interactions but also promotes the rational design and development of smart hydrogel-based biomaterials responsive to various external stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17633-17645
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume143
Issue number42
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Oct 2021

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