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Catalysis of Transesterification Reactions by a Self-Assembled Nanosystem
AbstractHistidine-containing peptides self-assemble on the surface of monolayer protected gold nanoparticles to form a catalytic system for transesterification reactions. Self-assembly is a prerequisite for catalysis, since the isolated peptides do not display catalytic activity by themselves. A series of catalytic peptides and substrates are studied in order to understand the structural parameters that are of relevance to the catalytic efficiency of the system. It is shown that the distance between the His-residue and the anionic tail does not affect the catalytic activity. On the other hand, the catalytic His-residue is sensitive to the chemical nature of the flanking amino acid residues. In particular, the presence of polar Ser-residues causes a significant increase in activity. Finally, kinetic studies of a series of substrates reveal that substrates with a hydrophobic component are very suitable for this catalytic system.
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Zaramella, D.; Scrimin, P.; Prins, L.J. Catalysis of Transesterification Reactions by a Self-Assembled Nanosystem. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 2011-2021.View more citation formats
Zaramella D, Scrimin P, Prins LJ. Catalysis of Transesterification Reactions by a Self-Assembled Nanosystem. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(1):2011-2021.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zaramella, Davide; Scrimin, Paolo; Prins, Leonard J. 2013. "Catalysis of Transesterification Reactions by a Self-Assembled Nanosystem." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 1: 2011-2021.