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On the selection and design of proteins and peptide derivatives for the production of photoluminescent, red-emitting gold quantum clusters

Söptei, Balázs and Naszályi Nagy, Lívia and Baranyai, Péter and Szabó, Ildikó and Mező, Gábor and Hudecz, Ferenc and Bóta, Attila (2013) On the selection and design of proteins and peptide derivatives for the production of photoluminescent, red-emitting gold quantum clusters. Gold Bulletin. ISSN 2190-7579

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Abstract

Novel pathways of the synthesis of photoluminescent gold quantum clusters (AuQCs) using biomolecules as reactants provide biocompatible products for biological imaging techniques. In order to rationalize the rules for the preparation of red-emitting AuQCs in aqueous phase using proteins or peptides, the role of different organic structural units was investigated. Three systems were studied: proteins, peptides, and amino acid mixtures, respectively. We have found that cysteine and tyrosine are indispensable residues. The SH/S-S ratio in a single molecule is not a critical factor in the synthesis, but on the other hand, the stoichiometry of cysteine residues and the gold precursor is crucial. These observations indicate the importance of proper chemical behavior of all species in a wide size range extending from the atomic distances (in the AuI-S semi ring) to nanometer distances covering the larger sizes of proteins assuring the hierarchical structure of the whole self-assembled system.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QD Chemistry / kémia
Depositing User: Balázs Söptei
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2013 13:15
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2013 13:15
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/6506

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