Peptide-polymer vesicles prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization

L. Ayres, P. Hans, J. Adams, D.W.P.M. Löwik, J.C.M. Hest, van

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The peptide Ac-Ser-Ala-Gly-Ala-Gly-Glu-Gly-Ala-Gly-Ala-Gly-Ser-Gly-OH was prepared with solid-phase peptide chemistry. Before the removal of the peptide from the solid support, the alcohol side groups of the two serines were functionalized with an α-bromo ester moiety to create a bifunctional initiator. This peptide-based initiator was used in solution for the atom transfer radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate to yield a well-defined ABA triblock copolymer, in which the poly(methyl methacrylate) end blocks had a number-average molecular weight of 1.1 kg/mol (based on 1H NMR spectroscopy) and a polydispersity of 1.17. The aggregation behavior of this amphiphilic triblock copolymer was then investigated. Upon the suspension of the polymer in a mixture of tetrahydrofuran and water, followed by the removal of tetrahydrofuran, spherical aggregates were formed. By the application of different electron microscopy techniques, it was determined that these aggregates were polymer somes, presumably coexisting with large compound micelles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6355-6366
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Atom transfer radical polymerization
  • Block copolymers
  • Peptides
  • Vesicles


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