Self-assembly in peptides and proteins is an often encountered concept, where constituent building blocks are recruited and stabilized, via carefully orchestrated hydrophobic interactions, hydrogen bonding and other non-covalent interactions, to eventually reveal an array of supramolecular aggregates, with defined structural features. This study presents synthesis and self-assembly of a mannosylated peptide in aqueous medium. Turbidimetric assay with Concanavalin A (Con A), a mannose binding protein, was conducted to confirm the presence of hydrophilic mannose group on the exterior surface of self-assembled structures. DNA encapsulation in these soft structures was achieved by ultrasonication of soft spherical structures in the presence of plasmid DNA. This paper describes a novel glycopeptide conjugate which self-assembles to give spherical structures, with a unique ability of encapsulating DNA, upon ultrasonication.
- DNA encapsulation