• cytochrome b562;
  • hemoprotein;
  • self-assembly;
  • size exclusion chromatography;
  • supramolecular polymer


A hemoprotein-based supramolecular polymer that has a covalently linked heme moiety on the protein surface has been constructed based on interprotein heme–heme pocket interactions of the chemically modified apocytochrome b562 (1-H63C). The thermodynamic properties of the polymer have been investigated by means of size exclusion chromatography, UV–vis spectroscopy, and circular dichroism spectroscopy. The results indicate that, as with other synthetic systems reported so far, the 1-H63C hemoprotein assembly is thermodynamically controlled in aqueous solution: the degree of polymerization is dependent on the 1-H63C concentration and is modulated by the addition of the end-capping units, native heme, and/or apocytochrome b562 mutant (apoH63C). These properties suggest a potential use for the hemoprotein self-assembly in preparation of stimuli-responsive functional nanobiomaterials. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 91: 194–200, 2009.

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