Issue 7, 2013

Dynamic and bio-orthogonal proteinassembly along a supramolecular polymer


Dynamic protein assembly along supramolecular columnar polymers has been achieved through the site-specific covalent attachment of different SNAP-tag fusion proteins to self-assembled benzylguanine-decorated discotics. The self-assembly of monovalent discotics into supramolecular polymers creates a multivalent, bio-orthogonal and self-regulating framework for protein assembly. The intrinsic reversibility of supramolecular interactions results in reorganization and exchange of building blocks allowing for dynamic intermixing of protein-functionalized discotics between different self-assembled polymers, leading to self-optimization of protein arrangement and distance as evidenced by efficient energy transfer between fluorescent proteins.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic and bio-orthogonal protein assembly along a supramolecular polymer

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03 Apr 2013
26 Apr 2013
First published
26 Apr 2013
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Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 2886-2891

Dynamic and bio-orthogonal protein assembly along a supramolecular polymer

K. Petkau-Milroy, D. A. Uhlenheuer, A. J. H. Spiering, J. A. J. M. Vekemans and L. Brunsveld, Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 2886 DOI: 10.1039/C3SC50891A

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