Spatial Distribution and Solvent Polarity-Triggered Release of a Polypeptide Incorporated into Invertible Micellar Assemblies

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Author(s)

  • Yanxiong Pan
  • Oksana Zholobko
  • Hui Li
  • Jing Jin
  • Bingcan Chen
  • Andriy Voronov
  • Zhongyu Yang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12075-12082
Journal / PublicationACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume12
Issue number10
Online published14 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Extracting, stabilizing, or delivering biomacromolecules such as proteins and peptides in organic phases have potential applications in biocatalysis, protein extraction, and food antioxidation. However, most current delivery/stabilization platforms face various limitations such as protein/peptide molecular size, platform stability/reusability, and/or potential damage to the cargos. A potential solution to these problems is micellar self-assemblies from amphiphilic invertible polymers, which have recently been demonstrated to be powerful as molecular hosts to deliver both small molecular drugs and functional polypeptides in the aqueous phase. To better understand the function of biomacromolecules and predict the usefulness of the formed invertible micellar assemblies (IMAs) as biomacromolecular hosts in organic phases, it is critical to characterize the spatial distribution, structure, and dynamics of biomacromolecules in the IMA including those upon release. However, the background signals of the IMAs limit the application of most peptide characterization approaches. In this work, we overcome the technical barriers by using site-directed spin labeling electron paramagnetic resonance to probe the spatial arrangement and release of a model, the hemagglutinin (HA) peptide, in the IMAs formed from two different amphiphilic invertible polymers. By site-specifically probing three residues along the peptide chain, for the first time, we depict the possible spatial distribution of HA within the IMAs. By triggering the disassembly of the IMAs with a thermodynamically good solvent (in this study, acetone), we detailed the stability of IMAs in toluene and the peptide release conditions once the polarity of the medium changes. Our findings are important for the application of peptides/proteins at the polar-nonpolar interface or using this interface to extract or deliver biomacromolecules. Our work also demonstrates the power of SDSL-EPR on probing peptide or micelle dynamics, which can be generalized to understand proteins or other biomacromolecules in micellar polymer assemblies in varied applications.

Research Area(s)

  • EPR spectroscopy, invertible micellar assemblies, peptide dynamics, peptide release, site-directed spin labeling

Citation Format(s)

Spatial Distribution and Solvent Polarity-Triggered Release of a Polypeptide Incorporated into Invertible Micellar Assemblies. / Pan, Yanxiong; Zholobko, Oksana; Li, Hui; Jin, Jing; Hu, Jinlian; Chen, Bingcan; Voronov, Andriy; Yang, Zhongyu.

In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol. 12, No. 10, 11.03.2020, p. 12075-12082.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review