Journal of Peptide Science

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Special Issue: Peptide-based materials: from nanostructures to applications

February 2011

Volume 17, Issue 2

Pages 73–168

Issue edited by: Alberto Bianco, Mariano Venanzi, Carlos Alemann

  1. Editorials

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Reviews
    4. Research Articles
    1. Peptide-based materials: from nanostructures to applications (pages 73–74)

      Alberto Bianco, Mariano Venanzi and Carlos Aleman

      Article first published online: 13 JAN 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1348

  2. Reviews

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Reviews
    4. Research Articles
    1. Bioinspired peptide nanotubes: deposition technology, basic physics and nanotechnology applications (pages 75–87)

      G. Rosenman, P. Beker, I. Koren, M. Yevnin, B. Bank-Srour, E. Mishina and S. Semin

      Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1326

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      Two sorts of vapor deposited diphenylalanine peptide nanotubes: Closed-end PNTs of nanobelt shape (a, b) contain cyclic-FF peptide molecules. They are composed from thin plates, do not demonstrate piezoelectric effect, SHG and strongly hydrophobic. Open-end hollow PNTs (c) contain linear FF molecules. They are composed from nanoballs, possess strong piezoelectric effect, SHG and hydrophilic properties.

    2. A new family of peptide–nucleic acid nanostructures with potent transfection activities (pages 88–93)

      Burkhard Bechinger, Verica Vidovic, Philippe Bertani and Antoine Kichler

      Article first published online: 23 NOV 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1318

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      A family of His-rich peptides has been designed with potent antimicrobial and nucleic acid transfection activities. This review presents biophysical investigations that reveal the size of and interactions within the DNA/peptide complexes as well as high-resolution structural details, knowledge that is crucial for the rational design of compounds with improved activities.

  3. Research Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorials
    3. Reviews
    4. Research Articles
    1. Rational design of peptide nanotubes for varying diameters and lengths (pages 94–99)

      Motoki Ueda, Akira Makino, Tomoya Imai, Junji Sugiyama and Shunsaku Kimura

      Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1304

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      We demonstrate the preparation of a long and straight peptide nanotube with 30 µm length and 70 nm diameter from a mixture of the amphiphilic polypeptides with the right-handed and the left-handed helices having mismatched helix lengths. The elongation of peptide nanotubes comes to be possible because of the strengthened membrane due to the stereo-complex formation of the enantiomeric helices. The curvature of nanotubes is influenced by the degree of mismatched helix length between the right-handed and the left-handed helices.

    2. De novo design of orthogonal peptide pairs forming parallel coiled-coil heterodimers (pages 100–106)

      Helena Gradišar and Roman Jerala

      Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1331

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      A set of orthogonal peptides which, pairwise, form heterodimeric parallel coiled-coils have been designed on the basis of two requirements: exclusive formation of coiled-coil structure with its complement and by forbidding any other combination. The designed peptides were experimentally tested regarding pairing specificity and chemical/thermal stability.

    3. Self-assembly of amphiphilic β-sheet peptide tapes based on aliphatic side chains (pages 107–114)

      Robert Philip Wynn Davies and Amalia Aggeli

      Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1335

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      The self-assembly of amphiphilic β-sheet nanotapes, based on short de novo designed β-strand peptides, was studied using CD-UV spectroscopy. The critical concentration (c*) for transition from a monomeric random coil to β-tape and thus the propensity for self-assembly was found to depend on peptide length, charge and type of solvent. Systematic studies of this kind may allow us to throw light on the fundamental principles that drive and stabilise self-assembly and β-sheet formation; they may also lead to a set of refined criteria for the effective design of peptides with prescribed combination of properties appropriate for specific applications.

    4. Impact on the replacement of Phe by Trp in a short fragment of Aβ amyloid peptide on the formation of fibrils (pages 115–123)

      Nitin Chaudhary and Ramakrishnan Nagaraj

      Article first published online: 20 DEC 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1339

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      Replacement of aromatic motif FF in Ac-KLVFFAE-NH2'an amyloidogenic fragment of Aβ, with FW but not WF enhances its amyloidogenicity.

    5. Photocurrent generation through peptide-based self-assembled monolayers on a gold surface: antenna and junction effects (pages 124–131)

      Emanuela Gatto, Mario Caruso, Alessandro Porchetta, Claudio Toniolo, Fernando Formaggio, Marco Crisma and Mariano Venanzi

      Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1329

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      The photocurrent generation process of peptide-based self-assembled monolayers immobilized on a gold electrode can be enhanced by functionalizing the peptide scaffold with UV-Vis absorbing groups (antenna effect). Moreover, the coupling between the photoactive layer and the conductive substrate can be controlled by changing the nature of the .peptide/gold interface (junction effect).

    6. Atomistic modeling of peptides bound to a chemically active surface: conformational implications (pages 132–138)

      David Curcó, Guillem Revilla-López, Carlos Alemán and David Zanuy

      Article first published online: 3 JAN 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1321

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      A new computation procedure to study the organization of peptides tethered to active surfaces is reported. The influence of the surface on the conformational preferences has been investigated by simulating CREKA (Cys-Arg-Glu-Lys-Ala), a short linear pentapeptide that recognizes clotted plasma proteins and selectively homes to tumors, covalently linked to a gold surface.

    7. Carbon nanotube-coupled cell adhesion peptides are non-immunogenic: a promising step toward new biomedical devices (pages 139–142)

      Claire Gaillard, Monique Duval, Hélène Dumortier and Alberto Bianco

      Article first published online: 20 SEP 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1290

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      Carbon nanotubes functionalized with cell adhesion peptides do not trigger any antibody response following intraperitoneal administration. The demonstration of the immune neutrality of peptide-decorated carbon nanotubes reinforces the interesting potentiality of such conjugates as substrates for neuronal regeneration in vivo.

    8. Phages recognizing the Indium Nitride semiconductor surface via their peptides (pages 143–147)

      Elias Estephan, Marie-Belle Saab, Marta Martin, Christian Larroque, Frédéric. J. G. Cuisinier, Olivier Briot, Sandra Ruffenach, Matthieu Moret and Csilla Gergely

      Article first published online: 30 NOV 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1315

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      Phage display technology is performed to elaborate phages and adhesion peptides presenting good binding affinity toward the indium nitride (InN) semiconductor. The sequenced phages and/or related peptide are used to biofunctionalize InN by simple adsorption from liquid phase.

    9. Synthesis and self-assembly of a neoglycopeptide: morphological studies and ultrasound-mediated DNA encapsulation (pages 148–153)

      Nidhi Gour, Sudipta Mondal and Sandeep Verma

      Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1334

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      This paper describes a novel glycopeptide conjugate which self-assembles to give spherical structures, with a unique ability of encapsulating DNA, upon ultrasonication.

    10. Nanoparticles containing octreotide peptides and gadolinium complexes for MRI applications (pages 154–162)

      Antonella Accardo, Anna Morisco, Eliana Gianolio, Diego Tesauro, Gaetano Mangiapia, Aurel Radulescu, Astrid Brandt and Giancarlo Morelli

      Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1308

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      Mixed nanoparticles (micelles and liposomes) are obtained by co-aggregation of lipophilic octreotide with gadolinium complex containing amphiphilic monomers for MRI applications

    11. Binding analysis of peptides that recognize preferentially cis-azobenzene groups of synthetic polymers (pages 163–168)

      J. Chen, T. Serizawa and M. Komiyama

      Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/psc.1299

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      Peptides identified by the phage display method against a film surface composed of azobenzene-containing synthetic polymers were characterized by quartz crystal microbalance measurements. Mutants of the peptides were synthesized and characterized to gain information on the structural requirements for the cis-form specificity.

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