Leucine zipper motif inspiration: A two-dimensional leucine Velcro-like array in peptide coordination polymers generates hydrophobicity

Sabina Rodríguez-Hermida, Emi Evangelio, Marta Rubio-Martínez, Inhar Imaz, Albert Verdaguer, Jordi Juanhuix, Daniel Maspoch

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    Abstract

    © 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Here, we show that the well-known hydrophobic leucine (Leu) zipper motif (also known as the coiled-coil or Leu scissors motif), typically found in proteins, can be used as a source of inspiration in coordination polymers built from Leu-containing dipeptides or tripeptides. We demonstrate that this motif can be extended to form Velcro-like layers of Leu, and that the hydrophobicity of these layers is transferred to coordination polymers, thereby enabling the development of a new type of hydrophobic materials.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)11166-11170
    JournalDalton Transactions
    Volume46
    Issue number34
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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