Catalytic amyloid fibrils that bind copper to activate oxygen

Alex Sternisha, Olga Makhlynets

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Amyloid-like fibrils assembled from de novo designed peptides lock ligands in a conformation optimal for metal binding and catalysis in a manner similar to how metalloenzymes provide proper coordination environment through fold. These supramolecular assemblies efficiently catalyze p-nitrophenyl ester hydrolysis in the presence of zinc and phenol oxidation by dioxygen in the presence of copper. The resulting heterogeneous catalysts are inherently switchable, as addition and removal of the metal ions turns the catalytic activity on and off, respectively. The ease of peptide preparation and self-assembly makes amyloid-like fibrils an attractive platform for developing catalysts for a broad range of chemical reactions. Here, we present a detailed protocol for the preparation of copper-containing fibrils and for kinetic characterization of their abilities to oxidize phenols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Catalysis
  • Dioxygen activation
  • Fibrils
  • Peptides
  • Phenol oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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