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Detection and characterization at nM concentration of oligomers formed by hIAPP, Aβ(1-40) and their equimolar mixture using SERS and MD simulations

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20588-20596
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


We report a structural investigation on IAPP, Aβ(1-40) and their equi-molar mixture aggregation pathway at nano-molar concentration using the Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) effect induced by silver metal colloids prepared by laser processes in solution and molecular dynamics simulations. Our data show the ability of silver NPs coupled with SERS to detect secondary structures of IAPP, Aβ(1-40) and their 1:1 molar ratio mixture in the oligomeric state. The preparation of silver colloids shows superior performance with respect to chemically prepared nano-particles. SERS spectroscopy shows both selectivity and sensitivity in detecting the secondary structures of hIAPP and Aβ(1-40) and to recognize both proteins in their mixture. On the other hand, molecular dynamics simulations confirm SERS structural data and the given atomistic details about the structural organization of IAPP and Aβ(1-40) oligomers. Our study shows an inhomogeneity in the chemical composition of IAPP/Aβ(1-40) oligomer aggregates.

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