Influence of the assembly state on the functionality of a supramolecular jagged1-mimicking peptide additive

Matilde Putti, Oscar M.J.A. Stassen, Maaike J.G. Schotman, Cecilia M. Sahlgren, Patricia Y.W. Dankers (Corresponding author)

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Expanding the bioactivation toolbox of supramolecular materials is of utmost relevance for their broad applicability in regenerative medicines. This study explores the functionality of a peptide mimic of the Notch ligand Jagged1 in a supramolecular system that is based on hydrogen bonding ureido-pyrimidinone (UPy) units. The functionality of the peptide is studied when formulated as an additive in a supramolecular solid material and as a self-assembled system in solution. UPy conjugation of the DSL JAG1 peptide sequence allows for the supramolecular functionalization of UPy-modified polycaprolactone, an elastomeric material, with UPy-DSL JAG1 . Surface presentation of the UPy-DSL JAG1 peptide was confirmed by atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses, but no enhancement of Notch activity was detected in cells presenting Notch1 and Notch3 receptors. Nevertheless, a significant increase in Notch-signaling activity was observed when DSL JAG1 peptides were administered in the soluble form, indicating that the activity of DSL JAG1 is preserved after UPy functionalization but not after immobilization on a supramolecular solid material. Interestingly, an enhanced activity in solution of the UPy conjugate was detected compared with the unconjugated DSL JAG1 peptide, suggesting that the self-assembly of supramolecular aggregates in solution ameliorates the functionality of the molecules in a biological context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8178-8187
Number of pages10
JournalACS Omega
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2019


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