Fluorescence waveguiding in amyloidogenic fibers

Boris Apter, Boris Fainberg, Amir Handelman, Igor Lapsker, Antonella Accardo, Carlo Diaferia, Giancarlo Morelli, Gil Rosenman

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Chemically synthesized biomolecules can self-assemble to bioinspired nanostructures of different morphologies such as dots, tubes, spheres, nanofibers and more. They adopt similar basic ordering as their biological counterparts either α-helical or β-sheet peptide/protein conformations. These two fundamental biomolecular architectures exhibit dissimilar physical properties. One of the most interesting physical properties found in biological and bioinspired structures is a new biophotonic phenomenon of visible fluorescence (FL). It has been observed both in neurodegenerative disease-related amyloid fibrils and in synthetic amyloidogenic biorganic di- and tri-aromatic and aliphatic peptide nanostructures. The FL effect has been also found recently in peptide nanodots and hybrid polymer/peptide thin films. All of them have been assembled to β-sheet secondary structure. In this work we report on a new development of FL optical waveguiding in elongated bioinspired fibrillary structures, self-assembled from ultrashort amylodogenic peptides/proteins and hybrid polymer/peptides biomolecules. We show that FL propagation in these two fiber materials of different origin can be described by two completely different mechanisms. One of them is conventional FL propagation in the region of optical transparency of peptide materials in accordance with optical confinement rules. Another model is FL reabsorption mechanism where anomalous long range FL propagation has been found. We show that this intrinsic FL biophotonic waveguiding effects found in different β- sheet biomaterials is considered as a promising tool for precise biomedicine where new biocompatible visible tunable FL optical waveguides can be applied in advanced nanomedical technologies (local bioimaging, light diagnostics, therapy, optogenetitcs and health monitoring).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeurophotonics
EditorsFrancesco Saverio Pavone, Laurent Cognet, Thomas Kuner
ISBN (Electronic)9781510634923
StatePublished - 2020
EventNeurophotonics 2020 - none, France
Duration: 6 Apr 202010 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceNeurophotonics 2020


FundersFunder number
Ministry of Science, Technology and Space of Israel
Regione Campania


    • Bioinspired peptide structures
    • Intrinsic FL
    • Optical waveguiding
    • Polymer-peptide compounds PEGylated hexaphenylalanine
    • Two modes of FL propagation in amyloid-like fibers
    • β-sheet amyloidogenic fibers


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