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Generation-Dependent Molecular Recognition Controls Self-Assembly in Supramolecular Dendron−Virus Complexes

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posted on 09.02.2011, 00:00 by Giovanni Doni, Mauri A. Kostiainen, Andrea Danani, Giovanni M. Pavan
In this work molecular dynamics simulation identifies a clear link between the dendron−virus multivalent molecular recognition and the nature of the consequent self-assembly. Data demonstrate how a weak hydrophobic association is transformed in an electrostatic self-assembly, orders of magnitude stronger, depending on the dendron generation used to assemble the viruses. This opens a new frontier in the engineering of hierarchical self-assemblies, potentially enabling the control of the supramolecular properties by acting at the single-molecule level.