Templated Collagen "Double Helices" Maintain Their Structure

J Am Chem Soc. 2020 Jan 22;142(3):1137-1141. doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b07583. Epub 2020 Jan 8.


The self-assembly of collagen-mimetic peptides (CMPs) that form sticky-ended triple helices has allowed the production of surprisingly stable artificial collagen fibers and hydrogels. Assembly through sticky ends requires the recognition of a single strand by a templated strand dimer. Although CMPs and their triple helices have been studied extensively, the structure of a strand dimer is unknown. Here, we evaluate the physical characteristics of such dimers, using disulfide-templated (PPG)10 dimers as a model. Such "linked-dimers" retain their collagen-like structure even in the absence of a third strand, but only when their strands are capable of adopting a triple-helical fold. The intrinsic collagen-like structure of templated CMP pairs helps to explain the success of sticky-ended CMP association and changes the conception of new synthetic collagen designs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Circular Dichroism
  • Collagen / chemistry*
  • Dimerization
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular
  • Protein Conformation
  • Protein Stability


  • Collagen