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Solution Properties of Polypeptide-based Copolymers

  • Helmut SchlaadEmail author
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Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 202)

Abstract

The aggregation behaviour of biomimetic polypeptide hybrid copolymers and copolypeptides is here reviewed with a particular eye on the occurrence of secondary structure effects. Structure elements like α-helix or β-sheet can induce a deviation from the “classical” phase behaviour and promote the formation of vesicles or hierarchical superstructures with ordering in the length-scale of microns. Polypeptide copolymers are therefore considered as models to study self-assembly processes in biological systems. In addition, they offer a great potential for a production of novel advanced materials and colloids.

Block copolymer Peptide Secondary structure Self-assembly Vesicle Hierarchical structure 

Abbreviations

Ac

Acetyl

AUC

Analytical ultracentrifugation

Bzl

Benzyl

CD

Circular dichroism

DIC

Differential interference contrast

DLS

Dynamic light scattering

FTIR

Fourier-transform infrared

LSCM

Laser scanning confocal microscopy

LCST

Lower critical solution temperature

Me

Methyl

NMR

Nuclear magnetic resonance

POM

Polarisation optical microscopy

SANS

Small-angle neutron scattering

SAXS

Small-angle X-ray scattering

SFM

Scanning force microscopy

SLS

Static light scattering

SEM

Scanning electron microscopy

TEM

Transmission electron microscopy

THF

Tetrahydrofuran

TFE

2,2,2-Trifluoroethanol

Z

Benzyloxycarbonyl

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Acknowledgments

The author would like to thank his former coworkers Hildegard Kukula, Magdalena Losik, and Rémi Soula for working in the field of polypeptide hybrid polymers and also Markus Antonietti and Erich C. Financial support was given by the Max Planck Society.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute of Colloids and InterfacesColloid DepartmentPotsdam-GolmGermany

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