We explore here the possibility that polypeptide chains with directional multiplicity might provide for the control of peptide self-assembly processes. We tested this new possibility using an oppositely directed peptide (ODP) supramolecular system. The ODP could make it possible to form a βαβ motif with antiparallel β-sheets, which does not exist in nature. Furthermore, the designed ODPs were able to self-assemble into discrete, homogeneous, and structured protein-like controlled nano-objects. ODPs represent a simple but powerful unnatural self-assembling peptide system that can become a basic scaffold for fabricating more complex and elaborate artificial nanostructures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry