ATP as building blocks for the self-assembly of excitonic nanowires

Masa Aki Morikawa, Masakuni Yoshihara, Takeshi Endo, Nobuo Kimizuka

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    Supramolecular nanowires are specifically self-assembled from adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP) and dichloro-substituted thiacarbocyanine dyes. Spectral blue-shift and induced circular dichroism with exciton coupling are observed upon mixing the dye and ATP molecules in water. These observations indicate the formation of chiral 1/ATP supramolecular assemblies with excitation energy delocalized in the parallel-oriented (H-aggregated) chromophores. Interestingly, formation of H-aggregates is facilitated most in the presence of ATP and not by other nucleotides (ADP or AMP). In electron microscopy, aqueous 1/ATP mixture gives developed nanowires with a minimum width of ca. 10 nm and lengths of several micrometers. The ATP-directed nanowires exhibit reversible thermal self-assembly accompanied by supramolecular thermochromism. This is the first example of ATP-based supramolecular nanoassemblies, and the use of small biomolecules as building blocks for functional supermolecules provides a new perspective in the design of bio-nanomaterials.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1358-1359
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 9 2005

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Catalysis
    • Chemistry(all)
    • Biochemistry
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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