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Self-assembly of (boron-dipyrromethane)-diphenylalanine conjugates forming chiral supramolecular materials

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Herein, we present the synthesis of a series of boron-dipyrromethane (BDP) derivatives bearing diphenylalanine (FF) at their meso position via amide bond coupling. The BDP-FF bioconjugates are able to form self-assembled materials with different morphologies. By altering various parameters such as the protecting group of the FF peptide or the solvent system of the self-assembly process, we were able to obtain either fibrillar or spherical nanostructures. Furthermore, we confirmed that both the formation as well as the dissociation of the self-assemblies is a reversible procedure that can be achieved by simply altering the solvent mixture. Electronic circular dichroism (ECD) studies demonstrated a characteristic mirror image relationship regarding the FLFL and FDFD enantiomers, revealing the chiral nature of the obtained materials. Interestingly, an intense excitonic bisignate signal was observed in the ECD spectrum of the fibrillar structures, whereas the spherical assemblies remained ECD silent. What is more, the electronic circular dichroism studies were supported by quantum chemical calculations.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of (boron-dipyrromethane)-diphenylalanine conjugates forming chiral supramolecular materials

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The article was received on 20 Nov 2017, accepted on 19 Dec 2017 and first published on 19 Dec 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR08667A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018,10, 1735-1741
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    Self-assembly of (boron-dipyrromethane)-diphenylalanine conjugates forming chiral supramolecular materials

    K. Karikis, A. Butkiewicz, F. Folias, G. Charalambidis, C. Kokotidou, A. Charisiadis, V. Nikolaou, E. Nikoloudakis, J. Frelek, A. Mitraki and A. G. Coutsolelos, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 1735
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NR08667A

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