Synthesis of Mikto-Arm Star Peptide Conjugates

  • Jin Mo Koo
  • Hao Su
  • Yi-An Lin
  • Honggang Cui
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1777)


Mikto-arm star peptide conjugates are an emerging class of self-assembling peptide-based structural units that contain three or more auxiliary segments of different chemical compositions and/or functionalities. This group of molecules exhibit interesting self-assembly behavior in solution due to their chemically asymmetric topology. Here we describe the detailed procedure for synthesis of an ABC Mikto-arm star peptide conjugate in which two immiscible entities (a saturated hydrocarbon and a hydrophobic and lipophobic fluorocarbon) are conjugated onto a short β-sheet forming peptide sequence, GNNQQNY, derived from the Sup35 prion, through a lysine junction. Automated and manual Fmoc-solid phase synthesis techniques are used to synthesize the Mikto-arm star peptide conjugates, followed by HPLC purification. We envision that this set of protocols can afford a versatile platform to synthesize a new class of peptidic building units for diverse applications.

Key words

Mikto-arm Peptide conjugate Amino acids Fmoc-solid phase synthesis HPLC Amphiphile 



This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (DMR/1255281, DMR/1506937, and CHE/1412985) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH/R21CA191740). We acknowledge the JHU Department of Chemistry for the use of mass spectrometer (NSF CHE-0840463).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Institute for NanoBiotechnology (INBT)Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Oncology and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer CenterJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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