Olga Iranzo

Affiliation: Institut des Sciences Moléculaires de Marseille, UMR 7313, Aix Marseille Université CNRS, Marseille

Research interests: Metallopeptides, peptidomimetics

Fine-tuning the Structure of His-containing Peptides for Copper Binding
Ana Fragoso,a Tiago Carvalho,c Pedro Lamosa,a Rita Delgadoa , Daniela Valensinb and Olga Iranzoa,c
a) Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2780-157 Oeiras, Portugal
b) Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
c) Aix Marseille Université, Centrale Marseille, CNRS, iSm2 UMR 7313, 13397 Marseille, France, olga.iranzo@univ-amu.fr

Designing small peptides capable of binding Cu(II) mainly by the side chain functionalities and forming single species in the neutral pH range is a hard task since the amide nitrogens strongly compete for Cu(II) coordination [1]. However, metalloproteins are proficient on this and generate the appropriated coordination pocket to avoid amide coordination. This exquisite control allows copper proteins to attain a myriad of catalytic activities and thus, a large variety of biological functions [2]. Achieving this with short peptides will be very appealing to engineer miniaturized copper proteins with potential redox and hydrolytic activities.

Recently, we have designed two His-containing decapeptides, a cyclic (C-Asp) and an open derivative (O-Asp), capable of coordinating Cu(II) [3]. Potentiometric, mass spectrometric and spectroscopic studies indicate that at 1:1 Cu(II)/peptide ratio these peptides form similar single Cu(II) species at close to neutral pH values and that Cu(II) is exclusively coordinated by the side chain functionalities [3,4]. Interestingly, different redox properties were observed for these similar species due to the distinct intrinsic nature of their peptidic scaffolds. Possible consequences of all these findings in catalysis will be discussed.



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3. Fragoso A.; Lamosa P.; Delgado R.; Iranzo O. Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 2076-2088.

4. Fragoso A.; Delgado R.; Iranzo O. Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 6182-6192.