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Entropy 2012, 14(4), 630-641; doi:10.3390/e14040630

Effect of Gold Nanoparticle Conjugation on Peptide Dynamics and Structure

Department of Physics, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
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Received: 31 January 2012 / Revised: 10 March 2012 / Accepted: 19 March 2012 / Published: 23 March 2012
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Molecular dynamics simulations were used to characterize the structure and dynamics for several peptides and the effect of conjugating them to a gold nanoparticle. Peptide structure and dynamics were compared for two cases: unbound peptides in water, and peptides bound to the gold nanoparticle surface in water. The results show that conjugating the peptides to the gold nanoparticle usually decreases conformational entropy, but sometimes increases entropy. Conjugating the peptides can also result in more extended structures or more compact structures depending on the amino acid sequence of the peptide. The results also suggest that if one wishes to use peptide-nanoparticle conjugates for drug delivery it is important that the peptides contain secondary structure in solution because in our simulations the peptides with little to no secondary structure adsorbed to the nanoparticle surface. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanoparticle-peptide interactions; molecular dynamics; drug delivery; nano-conjugate nanoparticle-peptide interactions; molecular dynamics; drug delivery; nano-conjugate

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Lee, K.H.; Ytreberg, F.M. Effect of Gold Nanoparticle Conjugation on Peptide Dynamics and Structure. Entropy 2012, 14, 630-641.

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