The effect of nanoparticles on amyloid aggregation depends on the protein stability and intrinsic aggregation rate.

Celia Cabaleiro-Lago, Olga Szczepankiewicz, Sara Linse

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Nanoparticles interfere with protein amyloid formation. Catalysis of the process may occur due to increased local protein concentration and nucleation on the nanoparticle surface, whereas tight binding or a large particle/protein surface area may lead to inhibition of protein aggregation. Here we show a clear correlation between the intrinsic protein stability and the nanoparticle effect on the aggregation rate. The results were reached for a series of five mutants of single-chain monellin differing in intrinsic stability toward denaturation, for which a correlation between protein stability and aggregation propensity has been previously documented by Szczepankiewicz et al. [Mol. Biosyst.20107 (2), 521-532]. The aggregation process was monitored by thioflavin T fluorescence in the absence and presence of copolymeric nanoparticles with different hydrophobic characters. For mutants with a high intrinsic stability and low intrinsic aggregation rate, we find that amyloid fibril formation is accelerated by nanoparticles. For mutants with a low intrinsic stability and high intrinsic aggregation rate, we find the opposite--a retardation of amyloid fibril formation by nanoparticles. Moreover, both catalytic and inhibitory effects are most pronounced with the least hydrophobic nanoparticles, which have a larger surface accessibility of hydrogen-bonding groups in the polymer backbone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1852-1857
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Physical Chemistry (10402)


  • Alpha-B-Crystallin
  • Beta-peptide
  • Fibril formation
  • Solid-liquid interfaces
  • adsorption
  • conformational-changes
  • inhibition
  • invitro
  • molecular chaperone
  • nanoparticles
  • polymeric


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