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Self-assembled artificial viral capsid decorated with gold nanoparticles

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The decoration of a peptide-based artificial viral capsid with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is reported. β-Annulus GGGCG-bearing peptide as a binding site of AuNPs self-assembled into nanocapsules with a diameter of 50 nm. The addition of AuNPs to the peptide nanocapsules afforded relatively uncontrolled assemblies of AuNPs. In contrast, the self-assembly of AuNP–peptide conjugates afforded, after dialysis, controlled assemblies of AuNPs with sizes of 30–60 nm. ζ-Potential measurements revealed that the surface of the artificial viral capsid self-assembled from β-annulus peptide was coated with AuNPs.

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This research was partially supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on the Innovative Areas of ‘Fusion Materials’ (No. 2206) from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan (MEXT) and by the Asahi Glass Foundation.

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Matsuura, K., Ueno, G. & Fujita, S. Self-assembled artificial viral capsid decorated with gold nanoparticles. Polym J 47, 146–151 (2015) doi:10.1038/pj.2014.99

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