Protein Engineered Triblock Polymers Composed of Two SADs: Enhanced Mechanical Properties and Binding Abilities

Andrew J. Olsen, Priya Katyal, Jennifer S. Haghpanah, Matthew B. Kubilius, Ruipeng Li, Nicole L. Schnabel, Sean C. O'Neill, Yao Wang, Min Dai, Navjot Singh, Raymond S. Tu, Jin Kim Montclare

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Recombinant methods have been used to engineer artificial protein triblock polymers composed of two different self-assembling domains (SADs) bearing one elastin (E) flanked by two cartilage oligomeric matrix protein coiled-coil (C) domains to generate CEC. To understand how the two C domains improve small molecule recognition and the mechanical integrity of CEC, we have constructed C L44A EC L44A , which bears an impaired C L44A domain that is unstructured as a negative control. The CEC triblock polymer demonstrates increased small molecule binding and ideal elastic behavior for hydrogel formation. The negative control C L44A EC L44A does not exhibit binding to small molecule and is inelastic at lower temperatures, affirming the favorable role of C domain and its helical conformation. While both CEC and C L44A EC L44A assemble into micelles, CEC is more densely packed with C domains on the surface enabling the development of networks leading to hydrogel formation. Such protein engineered triblock copolymers capable of forming robust hydrogels hold tremendous promise for biomedical applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1552-1561
Number of pages10
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 14 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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