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Supramolecular co-assembly of water-soluble nucleobase-containing copolymers: bioinspired synthetic platforms towards new biomimetic materials

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This study presents the development of co-assembled copolymer architectures at physiological pH (pH 7.4) formed via H-bonds between complementary nucleobase-containing copolymers. Well-defined hydrophilic copolymers were synthesised by RAFT polymerisation: statistical uracil- and thiomorpholine oxide-containing copolymers P(UrMAn-stat-THOXMAm) as well as diblock copolymers PEG112-b-P (AdMAn-stat-THOXMAm) composed of a PEG block and a second block of a copolymer of adenine- and thiomorpholine oxide-derived methacrylates. Binary mixtures of the resulting copolymers formed coassembled nanoobjects in aqueous solution as a result of the H-bonds established between nucleobases. The influences of the polymer architecture (degree of polymerisation, co-monomer composition, length of the nucleobase-containing block), the ratio between complementary nucleobases, and the impact of H-bond competitors on the self-assembly properties were investigated. Light scattering techniques (SLS, DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to characterise the co-assembled objects. This study demonstrates that the size of the resulting co-assemblies was mainly governed by the type and content of nucleobases, and by the length of the nucleobase block. Moreover, the in vitro evaluation of the nucleobase-containing polymers revealed that they were non-cytotoxic and hemocompatible. This study increases the understanding of nucleobase pairing in artificial copolymer architectures which are potential platforms for further use in biosciences.

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hal-03783299 , version 1 (12-10-2022)

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Laura Vasilica Arsenie, Mona Semsarilar, Johannes Brendel, Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes, Vincent Ladmiral, et al.. Supramolecular co-assembly of water-soluble nucleobase-containing copolymers: bioinspired synthetic platforms towards new biomimetic materials. Polymer Chemistry, 2022, 13, pp.5604-5615. ⟨10.1039/d2py00872f⟩. ⟨hal-03783299⟩
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