Subtle chemical modification for enrichment of Fmoc-amino acid at a phospholipid interface†
Amino acids including the Fmoc group (9-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl) are bioinspired molecules that display intriguing features in self-assembly and biological applications. The influence of a delicate chemical modification between Fmoc-F and Fmoc-Y on the interaction with a phospholipid surface was analyzed. Langmuir monolayers of the 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphate (DMPA) phospholipid were used to mimic the eukaryotic cell membrane. In situ Brewster angle microscopy and UV-vis reflection spectroscopy provided insights on the effect of the Fmoc-amino acid derivatives on the DMPA phospholipid. The formation of H-bonds between the Fmoc-Y and the DMPA molecules was assessed, demonstrating the crucial role of the hydroxyl group of Fmoc-Y in enhancing the interaction with biosurfaces.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Editors' collection: Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Interfaces