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l-Proline is the only, out of 20 essential, amino acid that contains a cyclized substituted α-amino group (is formally an imino acid), which restricts its conformational shape. The synthesis of well-defined homo- and copolymers of l-proline has been plagued either by the low purity of the monomer or the inability of most initiating species to polymerize the… (More)
Well-defined amphiphilic polymers of the ABA and ABC type are synthesized, where A is poly(L-lysine hydrochloride) (PLL), B is poly(γ-benzyl-(d7) L-glutamate) (PBLG(-d7)), and C is poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The two polymers exhibit similar PBLG(-d7) composition, while in the ABC, the volume fraction of PEO block is higher than that of PLL. Both polymers… (More)
Gelation of the left helical N-substituted homopolypeptide poly(L-proline) (PLP) in water was explored, employing rheological and small-angle scattering studies at different temperatures and concentrations in order to investigate the network structure and its mechanical properties. Stiff gels were obtained at 10 wt % or higher at 5 °C, the first time… (More)
A simple approach to enhancing the activity and stability of organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) is developed based on interactions between the hydrophobic poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) block of amphiphilic Pluronics and the enzyme. This strategy provides an efficient route to new formulations for decontaminating organophosphate neurotoxins.
Novel poly(L-lysine)-block-poly(L-proline) (PLL-b-PLP)-based materials with all PLP helical conformers, i.e., PLP II and the rare PLP I are here reported. Electrostatic supramolecular complexation of the adjacent cationic PLL with anionic molecules bearing DNA analogue H-bonding functionalities, such as deoxyguanosine monophosphate (dGMP), preserves the… (More)
We describe the synthesis and self-assembly of particularly high periodicity of diblock copolymers composed of poly(benzyl-l-hydroxyproline) (PBLHyP) and poly(γ-benzyl-l-glutamate) (PBLG), that is, two polypeptide blocks with dissimilar helical structures. The robust helicity of the PBLHyP block is driven by steric constraints of the repeat units, while… (More)