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A side-chain tripeptide based PEGylated block copolymer: a potential drug candidate in Alzheimer’s disease translational therapeutics

PUBLISHED March 14, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2303p6424311)



Sutapa Som Chaudhury1 , Jaya Sil1 , Sabyashachi Mishra2 , Chitrangada Das Mukhopadhyay1
  1. Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Conference / event

4th IBRO/APRC Chandigarh Associate Neuroscience School, November 2019 (Chandigarh, India)

Poster summary

Despite a 100 years of research in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there is no therapeutic measure available till date for AD. The researchers here have designed and synthesized a PEGylated, side-chain tripeptide (leu-val-phe) based block copolymer targeting anti- aggregation of misfolded amyloid beta peptide (Aβ1-42). The block copolymer was assessed via different in vitro and in silico techniques e.g., thioflavin T (ThT) assay, dynamic light scattering (DLS) analyses, atomic force microscopy (AFM), electron microscopy, and molecular dynamic (MD) simulation techniques. A significant demolition of the characteristic β- sheet structure of growing Aβ42 fibril chain in presence of the inhibitor was observed through their experiments. Also, they deciphered the drug mechanism of action as a competitive inhibition between the hydrophobic core region of Aβ42 and the block copolymer itself. Thus, the researchers showed the PEGylated block copolymer as a promising drug candidate of AD.


Alzheimer's disease, Amyloid beta peptide, Inhibitor, Fibrillization, Peptidomimetics, MD simulation

Research areas

Neuroscience, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Biological Sciences


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Som Chaudhury, S., Sil, J., Mishra, S., Das Mukhopadhyay, C. A side-chain tripeptide based PEGylated block copolymer: a potential drug candidate in Alzheimer’s disease translational therapeutics [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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