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Nanomaterials 2014, 4(3), 778-791; doi:10.3390/nano4030778

Inclusion of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles into Virus-Like Peptide Nanocapsules Self-Assembled from Viral β-Annulus Peptide

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, Tottori University, Koyama-minami 4-101, Tottori 680-8552, Japan
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Received: 24 June 2014 / Revised: 22 August 2014 / Accepted: 25 August 2014 / Published: 2 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Assembled Nanomaterials)
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Abstract

A viral β-annulus peptide connected with a zinc oxide (ZnO)-binding sequence (HCVAHR) at its N-terminal was synthesized, and the inclusion behavior of quantum-sized ZnO nanoparticles into the peptide nanocapsules formed by self-assembly of the peptide in water was investigated. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements showed that ZnO nanoparticles (approximately 10 nm) in the presence of the peptide (0.1 mM) formed assemblies with an average size of 48 ± 24 nm, whereas ZnO nanoparticles in the absence of the peptide formed large aggregates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations of the ZnO nanoparticles in the presence of the peptide revealed that ZnO nanoparticles were encapsulated into the peptide nanocapsules with a size of approximately 50 nm. Fluorescence spectra of a mixture of the peptide and ZnO nanoparticles suggested that the ZnO surface and the peptide interact. Template synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles with the peptide nanocapsules afforded larger nanoparticles (approximately 40 nm), which are not quantum-sized ZnO. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-assembly; β-annulus peptide; nanocapsule; ZnO nanoparticle; inclusion self-assembly; β-annulus peptide; nanocapsule; ZnO nanoparticle; inclusion
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Fujita, S.; Matsuura, K. Inclusion of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles into Virus-Like Peptide Nanocapsules Self-Assembled from Viral β-Annulus Peptide. Nanomaterials 2014, 4, 778-791.

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