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Interfacial Properties And Iron Binding To Bacterial Proteins That Promote The Growth Of Magnetite Nanocrystals: X-Ray Reflectivity And Surface Spectroscopy Studies, Wenjie Wang, Wei Bu, Lijun Wang, Pierre E. Palo, Surya K. Mallapragada, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, David Vaknin Jan 2012

Interfacial Properties And Iron Binding To Bacterial Proteins That Promote The Growth Of Magnetite Nanocrystals: X-Ray Reflectivity And Surface Spectroscopy Studies, Wenjie Wang, Wei Bu, Lijun Wang, Pierre E. Palo, Surya K. Mallapragada, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, David Vaknin

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Publications

Surface sensitive X-ray scattering and spectroscopic studies have been conducted to determine structural properties of Mms6, the protein in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 that is implicated as promoter of magnetite nanocrystals growth. Surface pressure versus molecular area isotherms indicate Mms6 forms stable monolayers at the aqueous/vapor interface that are strongly affected by ionic conditions of the subphase. Analysis of X-ray reflectivity from the monolayers shows that the protein conformation at the interface depends on surface pressure and on the presence of ions in the solutions, in particular of iron ions and its complexes. X-ray fluorescence at grazing angles of incidence ...


Self-Assembly And Biphasic Iron-Binding Characteristics Of Mms6, A Bacterial Protein That Promotes The Formation Of Superparamagnetic Magnetite Nanoparticles Of Uniform Size And Shape, Lijun Wang, Tanya Prozorov, Pierre E. Palo, Xunpei Liu, David Vaknin, Ruslan Prozorov, Surya K. Mallapragada, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton Jan 2012

Self-Assembly And Biphasic Iron-Binding Characteristics Of Mms6, A Bacterial Protein That Promotes The Formation Of Superparamagnetic Magnetite Nanoparticles Of Uniform Size And Shape, Lijun Wang, Tanya Prozorov, Pierre E. Palo, Xunpei Liu, David Vaknin, Ruslan Prozorov, Surya K. Mallapragada, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Publications

Highly ordered mineralized structures created by living organisms are often hierarchical in structure with fundamental structural elements at nanometer scales. Proteins have been found responsible for forming many of these structures, but the mechanisms by which these biomineralization proteins function are generally poorly understood. To better understand its role in biomineralization, the magnetotactic bacterial protein, Mms6, which promotes the formation in vitro of superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles of uniform size and shape, was studied for its structure and function. Mms6 is shown to have two phases of iron binding: one high affinity and stoichiometric and the other low affinity, high capacity ...