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HydrophobinVmh2 is a small amphiphilic protein, which self-assembles on different surfaces and naturally interacts with glucose. Here, we report on the synthesis of a nanobiocomplex made of polyethylene glycol, Vmh2 and gold nanoparticles by a one-step process and on its ability to recognise glucose in an aqueous solution at 0.3–0.6–1.2 mg ml− 1 concentrations. Even though the Vmh2 proteins are intrinsically bonded to the gold core, effective glucose interaction monitoring was demonstrated by using dynamic light scattering, ultraviolet–visible, polarization-modulated infrared reflection–absorption and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Experimental results highlighted an affinity constant of 7.3±0.3 mg ml− 1 between the nanobiosystem and the sugar, and a detection sensitivity of 0.13±0.06 au/mg ml− 1.
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
29 Mar 2016

Jane Politi, Luca De Stefano, Ilaria Rea, Alfredo Maria Gravagnuolo, Paola Giardina, Christophe Methivier, Sandra Casale, Jolanda Spadavecchia

Biblio References: 
Volume: 27 Issue: 19 Pages: 195701