Imperial College London

Professor Molly Stevens FREng

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Prof of Biomedical Materials&Regenerative Medicine



+44 (0)20 7594 6804m.stevens




208Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Wang, ST and Lin, Y and Spencer, RK and Thomas, MR and Nguyen, AI and Amdursky, N and Pashuck, ET and Skaalure, SC and Song, C and Parmar, PA and Morgan, RM and Ercius, P and Aloni, S and Zuckermann, RN and Stevens, MM},
doi = {10.1021/acsnano.7b02325},
journal = {ACS Nano},
pages = {8579--8589},
title = {Sequence-Dependent Self-Assembly and Structural Diversity of Islet Amyloid Polypeptide-Derived β-Sheet Fibrils},
url = {},
volume = {11},
year = {2017}

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AB - Determining the structural origins of amyloid fibrillation is essential for understanding both the pathology of amyloidosis and the rational design of inhibitors to prevent or reverse amyloid formation. In this work, the decisive roles of peptide structures on amyloid self-assembly and morphological diversity were investigated by the design of eight amyloidogenic peptides derived from islet amyloid polypeptide. Among the segments, two distinct morphologies were highlighted in the form of twisted and planar (untwisted) ribbons with varied diameters, thicknesses, and lengths. In particular, transformation of amyloid fibrils from twisted ribbons into untwisted structures was triggered by substitution of the C-terminal serine with threonine, where the side chain methyl group was responsible for the distinct morphological change. This effect was confirmed following serine substitution with alanine and valine and was ascribed to the restriction of intersheet torsional strain through the increased hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen bonding. We also studied the variation of fibril morphology (i.e., association and helicity) and peptide aggregation propensity by increasing the hydrophobicity of the peptide side group, capping the N-terminus, and extending sequence length. We anticipate that our insights into sequence-dependent fibrillation and morphological diversity will shed light on the structural interpretation of amyloidogenesis and development of structure-specific imaging agents and aggregation inhibitors.
AU - Wang,ST
AU - Lin,Y
AU - Spencer,RK
AU - Thomas,MR
AU - Nguyen,AI
AU - Amdursky,N
AU - Pashuck,ET
AU - Skaalure,SC
AU - Song,C
AU - Parmar,PA
AU - Morgan,RM
AU - Ercius,P
AU - Aloni,S
AU - Zuckermann,RN
AU - Stevens,MM
DO - 10.1021/acsnano.7b02325
EP - 8589
PY - 2017///
SN - 1936-086X
SP - 8579
TI - Sequence-Dependent Self-Assembly and Structural Diversity of Islet Amyloid Polypeptide-Derived β-Sheet Fibrils
T2 - ACS Nano
UR -
UR -
VL - 11
ER -