Protein-based nanoparticles hold promise for a broad range of applications. Here, we report the production of a uniform anionic hollow protein nanoparticle, designated TIP60, which spontaneously assembles from a designed fusion protein subunit based on the geometric features of polyhedra. We show that TIP60 tolerates mutation and both its interior and exterior surfaces can be chemically modified. Moreover, TIP60 forms larger structures upon the addition of a cationic protein. Therefore, TIP60 can be used as a modifiable nano-building block for further molecular assembly.
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