Study of NAP adsorption and assembly on the surface of HOPG
Korolkov, Vladimir V. and Allen, Stephanie and Roberts, Clive J. and Gozes, Illana and Tendler, Saul J.B. (2014) Study of NAP adsorption and assembly on the surface of HOPG. Peptides, 62 . pp. 55-58. ISSN 0196-9781
NAP is an octapeptide that has demonstrated a neuroprotective/therapeutic efficacy at very low concentrations in preclinical studies and in a number of clinical trials. Yet little is known about its structural organization at low concentrations. Here, we have employed atomic force microscopy to investigate NAP peptide assembly on graphite in aqueous media at nanomolar concentration. High spatial resolution scans of NAP assemblies reveal their fine structure with clearly resolved single NAP units. This observation leads us to conclude that NAP molecules do not form complex self-assembled structures at nanomolar concentration when adsorbed on graphite surface.
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