Membrane interaction and cellular internalization of penetratin peptides.

Penetratin is a 16-residue peptide [RQIKIWFQNRRMKWKK(43-58)] derived from the Antennapedia homeodomain, which is used as a vector for cellular internalization of hydrophilic molecules. In order to unravel the membrane translocation mechanism, we synthesized new penetratin variants. The contribution of the positively charged residues was studied by double… CONTINUE READING