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A novel thermogel system of self-assembling peptides manipulated by enzymatic dephosphorylation

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Abstract

Supramolecular hydrogels of self-assembling peptides and thermogels are very promising for biomedical applications. However, there were no thermogels of self-assembling peptides. In this study, we reported on a novel and versatile strategy to prepare thermogels of self-assembling peptides by enzyme-instructed peptide folding and self-assembly. We synthesized two phosphorylated peptides from insulin growth factor (IGF) and the second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases (Smac) (Nap-FFGGpYGSSSRRAPQT and NBD-GFFpYGAVPIAQK, respectively), which could be converted to possible hydrogelators by enzyme-instructed self-assembly (EISA). We found that EISA using phosphatase at 4 °C resulted in peptides with a random coil conformation, which would self-assemble into worm-like micelles or very short fibers in clear solutions. At a physiological temperature of 37 °C, the peptides would undergo fast transitions from random coil to β-sheet- or α-helix-like conformations, resulting in solution-to-gel transformations. This novel thermogel system was very useful for three-dimensional (3D) cell culture due to the biocompatibility and bioactivity of peptides. Our study provides a novel strategy to prepare a novel thermogel system for biomedical applications.

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The article was received on 16 Jan 2019, accepted on 04 Apr 2019 and first published on 04 Apr 2019


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00401G
Chem. Commun., 2019,55, 5123-5126

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    A novel thermogel system of self-assembling peptides manipulated by enzymatic dephosphorylation

    Y. Shang, Z. Wang, R. Zhang, X. Li, S. Zhang, J. Gao, X. Li and Z. Yang, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 5123
    DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00401G

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