Magnetic Nanoparticles (MNPs) represent one of the most promising materials as they can act as a versatile platform in the field of bionanotechnology for enhanced imaging, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Silica is the most common compound for preparing coated iron oxide NPs since it improves colloidal stability and the binding affinity for various organic molecules. Biomolecules such as Cell Penetrating Peptides (CPPs) might be employed to decorate MNPs combining their promising physico-chemical properties with a cell penetrating ability. In this work, a computational investigation on adsorption of Antennapedia homeodomain-derived penetrating peptide (pAntp) on silica and Magnetite (MAG) surfaces is presented. By employing umbrella sampling molecular dynamics we provided a quantitative estimation of the pAntp-surface adsorption free energy to highlight the influence of surface hydroxylation state on the adsorption mechanism. The interaction between peptide and surface has shown to be mainly driven by electrostatics. In case of MAG surface, also an important contribution of Van der Waals (VdW) attraction was observed. Our data suggest that a competitive mechanism between MNPs and cell membrane might partially inhibit the CPP to carry out its membrane penetrating function.
|Titolo:||Cell Penetrating Peptide Adsorption on Magnetite and Silica Surfaces: A Computational Investigation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/jp512782e|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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