Factors Influencing the Size of PEO Complexes with a Tyrosine-Rich Polypeptide Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Aqueous complexes of PEY1, a 36 100 Da random synthetic peptide of tyrosine (50 mol %) and glutamic acid (50 mol %), with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) were studied as functions of PEO molecular weight, mixing ratio of PEO and PEY1, and the presence of calcium ions. Without calcium ions, the complexes were water soluble, with each complex consisting of a single PEO chain with many bound PEY1 chains. In the presence of 1 mM calcium ions, PEY1 formed colloidal aggregates with intermediate molecular weight PEO (10(5) to 10(6) Da). By contrast, very high molecular weight PEO (8 x 10(6) Da) with calcium ions formed large hydrogels when mixed with PEY1. It is proposed that PEY1 molecules completely bind to low molecular PEO and thus are deactivated from causing the coupling of multiple PEO chains, whereas deactivation of PEY1 on very high molecular weight PEO clusters is a slower process, giving an opportunity for cluster-cluster aggregation.

publication date

  • May 2004