We present a spherical micelle generated in a three-step sequence in which a farnesyl-pantetheine conjugate is phosphorylated, adenylated, and phosphorylated once more to generate a farnesyl-CoA amphiphile that self-assembles into spherical micelles. A sphere-to-fibril morphological switch is achieved by enzymatically transferring the farnesyl group of the farnesyl-CoA micelle onto a peptide via phosphopantetheinyl transferase to generate a peptide amphiphile. Each step in the sequence is followed with characterization by HPLC, MS, TEM, and DLS. This system offers an entry into cofactor-mediated peptide decoration by extending the principles of bioresponsive polymeric materials to sequential enzyme cascades.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry