Nanostructured peptide fibrils formed at the organic-aqueous interface and their use as templates to prepare inorganic nanostructures.

ACS applied materials & interfaces

PubMedID: 20356006

Biswas K, Rao CN. Nanostructured peptide fibrils formed at the organic-aqueous interface and their use as templates to prepare inorganic nanostructures. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2009;1(4):811-5.
Formation of fibril-type nanostructures of the Alzheimer's beta-amyloid diphenylalanine (l-Phe-l-Phe, FF) at the organic-aqueous interface and the factors affecting their structures have been investigated. Such nanostructures are also formed by bovine serum albumin and bovine pancreas insulin. The concentration of the precursor taken in the aqueous layer plays an important role in determining the morphology of the nanostructures. The addition of curcumin to the organic layer changes the structure of the self-assembled one-dimensional aggregates of diphenylalanine. By coating the diphenylalanine dipeptide fibrils with appropriate precursors followed by calcination in air, it has been possible to obtain one-dimensional nanostructures of inorganic materials.