Anchoring of histidine-tagged proteins to molecular printboards: Self-assembly, thermodynamic modeling, and patterning

M.J.W. Ludden, A. Mulder, Katrin Schulze, Vinod Subramaniam, Robert Tampe, Jurriaan Huskens

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In this paper the multivalent binding of hexahistidine (His6)-tagged proteins to β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) by using the nickel(II) complex of a hetero-divalent orthogonal adamantyl nitrilotriacetate linker (4) is described. Nonspecific interactions were suppressed by using monovalent adamantyl-hexa(ethylene glycol) derivative 3. With the mono-His6-tagged maltose binding protein (His6-MBP), thermodynamic modeling based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) titration data showed that the MBP molecules in solution were linked, on average, to Ni4 in 1:1 stoichiometry. On the surface, however, the majority of His6-MBP was complexed to surface-immobilized β-CDs through three Ni4 complexes. This difference is explained by the high effective β-CD concentration at the surface and is a new example of supramolecular interfacial expression. In a similar adsorption scheme, SPR proved that the α-proteasome could be attached to β-CD SAMs in a specific manner. Patterning through microcontact printing of (His6)4-DsRed-fluorescent timer (DsRed-FT), which is a tetrameric, visible autofluorescent protein, was carried out in the presence of Ni4. Fluorescence measurements showed that the (His6)4-DsRed-FT is bound strongly through Ni4 to the molecular printboard.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)2044-2051
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry : a European journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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