A Tripeptide-Stabilized Nanoemulsion of Oleic Acid

Sylwia A. Dragulska, Marek T. Wlodarczyk, Mina Poursharifi, John A. Martignetti, Aneta J. Mieszawska

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We describe a method to produce a nanoemulsion composed of an oleic acids-Pt(II) core and a lysine-tyrosine-phenylalanine (KYF) coating (KYF-Pt-NE). The KYF-Pt-NE encapsulates Pt(II) at 10 wt. %, has a diameter of 107 ± 27 nm and a negative surface charge. The KYF-Pt-NE is stable in water and in serum, and is biologically active. The conjugation of a fluorophore to KYF allows the synthesis of a fluorescent nanoemulsion that is suitable for biological imaging. The synthesis of the nanoemulsion is performed in an aqueous environment, and the KYF-Pt-NE forms via self-assembly of a short KYF peptide and an oleic acids-platinum(II) conjugate. The self-assembly process depends on the temperature of the solution, the molar ratio of the substrates, and the flow rate of the substrate addition. Crucial steps include maintaining the optimal stirring rate during the synthesis, permitting sufficient time for self-assembly, and pre-concentrating the nanoemulsion gradually in a centrifugal concentrator.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number144
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Bioengineering
  • Issue 144
  • Nanoemulsion
  • anticancer therapy
  • biological imaging
  • drug delivery
  • oleic acid
  • tripeptide


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