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Antimicrobial Polylysine Decorated Nano-Structures Prepared through Polymerization Induced Self-Assembly (PISA)


A large variety of nanoparticles has already been prepared via PISA methodology from methacrylic block copolymers. Here we report the very first example of polypeptide decorated nanoparticles prepared using RAFT aqueous dispersion polymerization. This work explores the original combination of PISA with functional polypeptides. A short polypeptide consisting of 3 Lysines, modified with a RAFT chain transfer agent moiety was used to conduct RAFT dispersion polymerizations of 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA) in water at 60 °C. The positively charged water-soluble polylysine acted as the steric stabilizer for the colloidal particles generated by self-assembly of the growing amphiphilic block copolymer, resulting in the in-situ formation of different polypeptide-polymer nano-objects depending on the degree of polymerization of the core-forming polymer block (PHPMA). These colloidally stable nanoparticles exhibit antibacterial properties against both Gram negative (Escherichia coli) and Gram positive (Staphylococcus epidermidis) bacteria due to the presence of the positively charged polylysine chains on their surface. Thin film membranes were prepared by spin-coating of a colloidal solution of polypeptide-decorated spherical nanoparticles. This porous thin film was then used for filtration of water containing S. epidermidis bacteria. Both the polypeptide-decorated nanoparticles solution and thin film membrane possessed significant antibacterial activity.

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The article was received on 17 Sep 2018, accepted on 05 Dec 2018 and first published on 07 Dec 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01351A
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Antimicrobial Polylysine Decorated Nano-Structures Prepared through Polymerization Induced Self-Assembly (PISA)

    L. Luppi, T. Babut, E. Petit, M. Rolland, D. Quémener, L. Soussan, M. Semsarilar and M. Moradi, Polym. Chem., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01351A

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