A designer peptide as a template for growing Au nanoclusters

De La Rica, Roberto and Chow, Lesley W. and Horejs, Christine-Maria and Mazo, Manuel and Chiappini, Ciro and Pashuck, E. Thomas and Bitton, Ronit and Stevens, Molly M. (2014) A designer peptide as a template for growing Au nanoclusters. Chemical Communications. ISSN 1359-7345 (https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cc03240c)

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A peptide was designed to generate a sub-nanometric template that guides the growth of fluorescent gold nanoclusters. The peptide was endorsed with nucleating moieties and a three-dimensional structure that arrests the growth of ultrasmall nanoparticles. The nanoclusters are not cytotoxic and can be found in the cytosol of cells.