A self-assembling fluorescent dipeptide conjugate for cell labelling

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Researchers

  • Steven Kirkham
  • Ian W. Hamley
  • Andrew M. Smith
  • Ricardo M. Gouveia
  • Che J. Connon
  • Mehedi Reza
  • Janne Ruokolainen

Research units

  • University of Reading
  • Newcastle University, Inst Med Genet, Int Ctr Life

Abstract

Derivatives of fluorophore FITC (fluorescein isothiocyanate) are widely used in bioassays to label proteins and cells. An N-terminal leucine dipeptide is attached to FITC, and we show that this simple conjugate molecule is cytocompatible and is uptaken by cells (human dermal and corneal fibroblasts) in contrast to FITC itself. Co-localisation shows that FITC-LL segregates in pen-nuclear and intracellular vesicle regions. Above a critical aggregation concentration, the conjugate is shown to self-assemble into beta-sheet nanostructures comprising molecular bilayers. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.orgflicenses/by/4.0/).

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-108
Number of pages5
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Volume137
Issue number1 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Peptides, Peptide conjugates, Self-assembly, Fluorescence, SUPRAMOLECULAR HYDROGELS, ENZYMATIC FORMATION, SMALL MOLECULES, PEPTIDE, NANOPARTICLES, NANOFIBERS/HYDROGELS, CYTOTOXICITY, DERIVATIVES, DELIVERY, ENHANCE

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