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Leucine zipper motif inspiration: a two-dimensional leucine Velcro-like array in peptide coordination polymers generates hydrophobicity

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Abstract

Here, we show that the well-known hydrophobic leucine (Leu) zipper motif (also known as the coiled-coil or Leu scissors motif), typically found in proteins, can be used as a source of inspiration in coordination polymers built from Leu-containing dipeptides or tripeptides. We demonstrate that this motif can be extended to form Velcro-like layers of Leu, and that the hydrophobicity of these layers is transferred to coordination polymers, thereby enabling the development of a new type of hydrophobic materials.

Graphical abstract: Leucine zipper motif inspiration: a two-dimensional leucine Velcro-like array in peptide coordination polymers generates hydrophobicity

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Submitted
13 Jun 2017
Accepted
27 Jul 2017
First published
02 Aug 2017

Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 11166-11170
Article type
Communication

Leucine zipper motif inspiration: a two-dimensional leucine Velcro-like array in peptide coordination polymers generates hydrophobicity

S. Rodríguez-Hermida, E. Evangelio, M. Rubio-Martínez, I. Imaz, A. Verdaguer, J. Juanhuix and D. Maspoch, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 11166
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02153D

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