Two-Dimensional Peptide Assembly via Arene-Perfluoroarene Interactions for Proliferation and Differentiation of Myoblasts

Taeyeon Kim, Jinwoo Hong, Jehan Kim, Jinhan Cho, Yongju Kim

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Supramolecular assembly based on aromatic interactions can provide well-defined nanostructures with an understanding of intermolecular interactions at the molecular level. The peptide assembly via a supramolecular approach can overcome the inherent limitations of bioactive peptides, such as proteolytic degradations and rapid internalizations into the cytosol. Although extensive research has been carried out on supramolecular peptide materials with a two-dimensional (2D) structure, more needs to be reported on biological activity studies using well-defined 2D peptide materials. Physical and chemical properties of the 2D peptide assembly attributed to their large surface area and flexibility can show low cytotoxicity, enhanced molecular loading, and higher bioconjugation efficiency in biological applications. Here, we report supramolecular 2D materials based on the pyrene-grafted amphiphilic peptide, which contains a peptide sequence (Asp-Gly-Glu-Ala; DGEA) that is reported to bind to the integrin α2β1 receptor in 2D cell membranes. The addition of octafluoronaphthalene (OFN) to the pyrene-grafted peptide could induce a well-ordered 2D assembly by face-centered arene-perfluoroarene stacking. The DGEA-peptide 2D assembly with a flat structure, structural stability against enzymatic degradations, and a larger size can enhance the proliferation and differentiation of muscle cells via continuous interactions with cell membrane receptors integrin α2β1 showing a low intracellular uptake (15%) compared to that (62%) of the vesicular peptide assembly. These supramolecular approaches via the arene-perfluoroarene interaction provide a strategy to fabricate well-defined 2D peptide materials with an understanding of assembly at the molecular level for the next-generation peptide materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1793-1802
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korean government (NRF-2019R1C1C1008526, NRF-2019R1A4A1027627, NRF-2022R1F1A1075138, and NRF-2022R1A4A1031687), a Korea University grant, and the KU-KIST School Project.

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© 2023 American Chemical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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