Spatially Controlled Amyloid Reactions Using Organic Electronics
2010 (English)In: SMALL, ISSN 1613-6810, Vol. 6, no 19, 2153-2161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abnormal protein aggregates, so called amyloid fibrils, are mainly known as pathological hallmarks of a wide range of diseases, but in addition these robust well-ordered self-assembled natural nanostructures can also be utilized for creating distinct nanomaterials for bioelectronic devices. However, current methods for producing amyloid fibrils in vitro offer no spatial control. Herein, we demonstrate a new way to produce and spatially control the assembly of amyloid-like structures using an organic electronic ion pump (OEIP) to pump distinct cations to a reservoir containing a negatively charged polypeptide. The morphology and kinetics of the created proteinaceous nanomaterials depends on the ion and current used, which we leveraged to create layers incorporating different conjugated thiophene derivatives, one fluorescent (p-FTAA) and one conducting (PEDOT-S). We anticipate that this new application for the OEIP will be useful for both biological studies of amyloid assembly and fibrillogenesis as well as for creating new bioelectronic nanomaterials and devices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley and Sons, Ltd , 2010. Vol. 6, no 19, 2153-2161 p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61175DOI: 10.1002/smll.201001157ISI: 000283274100013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-61175DiVA: diva2:361043