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Record number 531513
Title Templated co-assembly into nanorods of polyanions and artificial virus capsid proteins
Author(s) Hernandez-Garcia, A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Vries, R. De
Source Soft Matter 14 (2017)1. - ISSN 1744-683X - p. 132 - 139.
Department(s) Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract Recombinant triblock polypeptides C-Sn-B, where C is a 400 amino acid long hydrophilic random coil block, Sn is a multimer of the silk-like octapeptide S = (GAGAGAGQ), and B = K12 is an oligolysine, have previously been shown to encapsulate double stranded DNA into rod-shaped, virus-like particles. In order to gain insight of the co-assembly process, and in order to be able to use these proteins for templating other types of nanorods, we here explore their co-assembly with a range of polyanionic templates: poly(acrylic acids) (PAA) of a wide range of lengths, poly(styrene sulphonate) (PSS) and the stiff anionic polysaccharide xanthan. The formation of the complexes was characterized using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), cryogenic Transmission Electronic Microscopy (Cryo-TEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Except at very high molar masses, we find that flexible anionic PAA and PSS lead to co-assembly of proteins with single polyanion chains into nanorods, with a packing factor as expected on the basis of charge stochiometry. Only for very long PAA templates (8 × 105 Da) we find evidence for heterogeneous complexes with thin and thick sections. For the very stiff xanthan chains, we find that its stiffness precludes co-assembly with the artificial viral capsid proteins into condensed and regular nanorods. Given the simple and robust formation of rod-like structures with a range of polyanionic templates, we anticipate that the artificial virus proteins will be useful for preparing high-aspect ratio nanoparticles and scaffolds of precise size and find applications in nanotechnology and materials science for which currently natural rod-like viruses are being explored.
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