The effect of carbohydrate structures on the hydrogelation ability and morphology of self-assembled structures of peptide–carbohydrate conjugates in water†
We describe the construction of peptide–carbohydrate conjugates, namely glycopeptides, capable of self-assembling in water. We found that disaccharide structures (epimer or glycosidic-bond geometry) appended to the glycopeptides have a noticeable effect on the hydrogel formation ability as well as the morphology of the self-assembled structures. The soft materials consisting of self-assembled structures with carbohydrates on their surface and various types of morphologies might be useful as matrices to investigate the function of carbohydrates in biological events.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Peptide Materials