Novel materials from the supramolecular self-assembly of short helical β3-peptide foldamers

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Self-assembly is the spontaneous organization of small components into higher-order structures facilitated by the collective balance of non-covalent interactions. Peptide-based self-assembly systems exploit the ability of peptides to adopt distinct secondary structures and have been used to produce a range of well-defined nanostructures, such as nanotubes, nanofibres, nanoribbons, nanospheres, nanotapes, and nanorods. While most of these systems involve self-assembly of α-peptides, more recently β-peptides have also been reported to undergo supramolecular self-assembly, and have been used to produce materials-such as hydrogels-that are tailored for applications in tissue engineering, cell culture and drug delivery. This review provides an overview of self-assembled peptide nanostructures obtained via the supramolecular self-assembly of short β-peptide foldamers with a specific focus on N-acetyl-β3-peptides and their applications as bio- and nanomaterials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number70
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers in Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019


  • Biomaterials
  • Peptide materials
  • Supramolecular selfassembly
  • β-amino acid containing peptides
  • β-peptide

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