The comprehension of mechanisms of interaction between functional layers and proteins is relevant for the development of sensitive and precise biosensors. Here we report our study which combines Atomic Force Microscopy and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry to investigate the His-Ni-NTA mediated interaction between 6His-tagged Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier (SUMO) protein with self assembled monolayers of NTA terminated alkanethiols. The use of AFM-based nanolithograhic tools and the analysis of ellipsometric spectra in situ and ex situ provided us a solid method to disentangle the effects of Ni(II)-mediated interaction between the NTA layer and the 6His-tagged SUMO and to accurately determine in physiological condition the thickness value of the SUMO layer. This investigation is a first step towards the study of layered systems of greater complexity of which the NTA/6His-tagged SUMO is a prototypical example.

Atomic Force Microscopy and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry combined analysis of Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier adsorption on functional monolayers

Solano, Ilaria;Cavalleri, Ornella;Canepa, Maurizio
2017

Abstract

The comprehension of mechanisms of interaction between functional layers and proteins is relevant for the development of sensitive and precise biosensors. Here we report our study which combines Atomic Force Microscopy and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry to investigate the His-Ni-NTA mediated interaction between 6His-tagged Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier (SUMO) protein with self assembled monolayers of NTA terminated alkanethiols. The use of AFM-based nanolithograhic tools and the analysis of ellipsometric spectra in situ and ex situ provided us a solid method to disentangle the effects of Ni(II)-mediated interaction between the NTA layer and the 6His-tagged SUMO and to accurately determine in physiological condition the thickness value of the SUMO layer. This investigation is a first step towards the study of layered systems of greater complexity of which the NTA/6His-tagged SUMO is a prototypical example.
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