Exposing Differences in Monomer Exchange Rates of Multicomponent Supramolecular Polymers in Water

Matthew B. Baker, Ronald P. J. Gosens, Lorenzo Albertazzi, Nicholas M. Matsumoto, Anja R. A. Palmans, E. W. Meijer*

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Abstract

The formation of multicomponent and bioactive supramolecular polymers is a promising strategy for the formation of biomaterials that match the dynamic and responsive nature of biological systems. In order to fully realize the potential of this strategy, knowledge of the location and behavior of bioactive components within the system is crucial. By employing synthetic strategies to create multifunctional monomers, coupled with FRET and STORM techniques, we have investigated the formation and behavior of a bioactive and multicomponent supramolecular polymer. By creating a peptide-dye-monomer conjugate, we were able to measure high degrees of monomer incorporation and to visualize the equal distribution of monomers within the supramolecular polymer. Furthermore, by tracking the movement of monomers, we uncovered small differences in the dynamics of the bioactive monomers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-213
JournalChembiochem
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • biological activity
  • copolymerization
  • dynamics
  • peptides
  • self-assembly

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