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Synthesis and characterization of peptide nanostructures designed for sensing applications
Author(s): Normand Voyer; Mathieu Arseneault; Francois Otis
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Paper Abstract

We report the design and the synthesis of membrane-active peptide nanostructures, as well as their use as signal transducer in a fluorimetric assay for biologically relevant analytes. Addition of hydrophobic 21-residue peptides bearing six crown ether side chains to a solution of small unilamellar vesicles loaded with a pH-sensitive fluorophore induces a rapid fluorescence increase associated with Na+/H+ transport across the bilayer membrane. To demonstrate the usefulness of these peptide nanostructures in the development of simple, rapid, and sensitive detection assays for a wide range of analytes, peptide nanostructures bearing a biotin at the N-terminal position were prepared. Addition of avidin to the assay employing these modified peptides resulted in a significant change in the time-dependent fluorescence profile. Control experiments with a non-binding proteins and saturated avidin showed that the observed changes are indeed due to specific binding of avidin to biotin modified nanostructures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5969, Photonic Applications in Biosensing and Imaging, 59690M (12 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.628791
Show Author Affiliations
Normand Voyer, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Mathieu Arseneault, Univ. Laval (Canada)
Francois Otis, Univ. Laval (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5969:
Photonic Applications in Biosensing and Imaging
Brian C. Wilson; Richard I. Hornsey; Warren C. W. Chan; Ulrich J. Krull; Robert A. Weersink; Kui Yu, Editor(s)

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