Directed Insertion of Light-Activated Proteorhodopsin into Asymmetric Polymersomes from an ABC Block Copolymer

Gaitzsch, Jens and Hirschi, Stephan and Freimann, Sven and Fotiadis, Dimitrios and Meier, Wolfgang. (2019) Directed Insertion of Light-Activated Proteorhodopsin into Asymmetric Polymersomes from an ABC Block Copolymer. Nano Letters, 19 (4). pp. 2503-2508.

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Nanoscopic artificial vesicles containing functional protein transporters are fundamental for synthetic biology. Energy-providing modules, such as proton pumps, are a basis for simple nanoreactors. We report on the first insertion of a functional transmembrane protein into asymmetric polymersomes from an ABC triblock copolymer. The polymer with the composition poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(diisopropylaminoethyl methacrylate)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEG-PDPA-PSS) was synthesized by sequential controlled radical polymerization. PEG and PSS are two distinctively different hydrophilic blocks, allowing for a specific orientation of our protein, the light-activated proton pump proteorhodopsin (PR), into the final proteopolymersome. A very interesting aspect of the PEG-PDPA-PSS triblock copolymers is that it allowed for simultaneous vesicle formation and oriented insertion of PR simply by adjusting the pH. The intrinsic positive charge of PRâEurotms intracellular surface was enhanced by a His-tag, which aligns readily with the negative charges of the PSS on the outside of the polymersomes. The directed insertion of PR was confirmed by a light-dependent pH change of the proteopolymersome solution, indicating the intended orientation. We have hereby demonstrated the first successful oriented insertion of a proton pump into an artificial asymmetric membrane.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Makromolekulare Chemie (Meier)
UniBasel Contributors:Meier, Wolfgang P.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Chemical Society
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