Amyloid-like fibrils from a diphenylalanine capped with an aromatic fluorenyl
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The self-assembly behavior of a diphenylalanine amphiphile blocked at the C-terminus with a 9-fluorenylmethyl ester and stabilized at the N-terminus with a trifluoroacetate (TFA) anion, TFA·FF-OFm, has been examined. At low peptide concentration (0.5 mg/mL), long amyloid-like fibrils, which come from the fusion of two or more helical ribbons and/or thinner fibrils, organized in bundles or as individual entities are detected. Microbeam synchrotron radiation infrared spectroscopy has shown that TFA·FF-OFm molecules in amyloid-like fibrils arrange, forming antiparallel ß-sheets. Alteration of the experimental conditions to prioritize the thermodynamic contribution with respect to the kinetic one in the self-assembly process inhibits the organization of amyloid-like structures in favor of the formation of conventional fibrous structures. On the basis of experimental observations, a structural model where the individual antiparallel ß-sheets are oriented in parallel has been proposed for TFA·FF-OFm amyloid-like fibrils.
CitationMartí, D. [et al.]. Amyloid-like fibrils from a diphenylalanine capped with an aromatic fluorenyl. "Langmuir", 19 Novembre 2018, vol. 34, núm. 50, p. 15551-15559.