Engineering pH-responsive switching of donor–π–acceptor chromophore alignments along a peptide nanotube scaffold
Yuki Tabata, Yusuke Kamano, Shunsaku Kimura, Hirotaka Uji
A cyclic tri-β-peptide cyclo(β-Ala-β-Ala-β-Lys) having diethylaminonaphthalimide at the β-Lys side chain (CP3Npi) self-assembled into a peptide nanotube in a solution of HFIP and water. CD spectra of the CP3Npi nanotubes show a negative Cotton effect at 441 nm and a positive Cotton effect at 393 nm, indicating that D–π–A naphthalimide chromophores are aligned in a left-handed chiral way along the nanotube. The CP3Npi nanotubes bear positive charges under acidic conditions retaining the nanotube structure but pH-responsive switching of D–π–A naphthalimide alignments along the nanotube between a left-handed chiral and random arrangement was observed. The peptide nanotube is a stable scaffold for attaining pH-responsive alignment switching of side-chain chromophores.
Circular dichroism, Nanostructures, Stereochemistry, Chemical stability, Fluorescence, Materials