Hierarchical self-assembly of a coiled-coil peptide into fractal structure.

@article{Lomander2005HierarchicalSO,
  title={Hierarchical self-assembly of a coiled-coil peptide into fractal structure.},
  author={Andrea Lomander and Wonmuk Hwang and Shuguang Zhang},
  journal={Nano letters},
  year={2005},
  volume={5 7},
  pages={
          1255-60
        }
}
Here we report the hierarchical self-assembly of a cross-linkable coiled-coil peptide containing an internal cysteine. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) experiments revealed the fractal structure of the assemblies, and molecular simulations showed that the peptides cross-linked to form clusters of coiled-coils, which further assembled to form globules of tens of nanometers in diameter. Such hierarchical organization was modulated by pH or thiol-reducing agent. Exploitation of the fractal structures… CONTINUE READING

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