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Here we present a two-component self-assembling system employing the interaction of aromatic groups (Fmoc) to construct nanoparticles. Spherical particles of around 70 nm were formed spontaneously by a simple trigonal Fmoc-conjugate, which were then stabilized by Fmoc-dipeptides at physiological pH in aqueous solution. These novel particles, being well-tolerated by cells, capable of encapsulating hydrophobic compounds, and readily decorated by short peptides, are promising carriers for drug delivery.
Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 10224-10226 DOI:10.1039/C1CC11048A (Communication)