Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
A peptide is defined, as a molecule that contains less than fifty amino acids; anything larger is a protein. Peptides are important molecules because they have diverse uses. Peptides were utilized in two ways: 1) Peptide bioconjugates containing a fluorescent porphyrin or phthalocyanine macrocycle were designed and investigated, with or without a PEG moiety for selective targeting of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). 2) Amyloid aggregating mitigating peptides (AAMPs) was synthesized and investigated containing polar amino acids, MiniPEGs, and/or ααAAs that have the ability to inhibit and disrupt Amyloid Beta (Aβ). The peptide bioconjugates containing a porphyrin or phthalocyanine were able to selectively target EGFR and select AAMPs were able to inhibit and disrupt Amyloid Beta (Aβ).
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Fontenot, Krystal Renee, "Design, Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Peptides as Different Medical Treatment" (2012). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 2436.
Vicente, M. Graca H.