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Condensed Matter Physics

2009

Protein Hydration

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Solvation In Protein (Un)Folding: Effect Of Local And Bulk Dynamics In The Melittin Tetramer-Monomer Transition, Christina M. Othon, Oh-Hoon Kwon, Milo M. Lin, Ahmed H. Zewail May 2009

Solvation In Protein (Un)Folding: Effect Of Local And Bulk Dynamics In The Melittin Tetramer-Monomer Transition, Christina M. Othon, Oh-Hoon Kwon, Milo M. Lin, Ahmed H. Zewail

Christina M Othon

Protein structural integrity and flexibility are intimately tied to solvation. Here we examine the effect that changes in bulk and local solvent properties have on protein structure and stability. We observe the change in solvation of an unfolding of the protein model, melittin, in the presence of a denaturant, trifluoroethanol. The peptide system displays a well defined transition in that the tetramer unfolds without disrupting the secondary or tertiary structure. In the absence of local structural perturbation, we are able to reveal exclusively the role of solvation dynamics in protein structure stabilization and the (un)folding pathway. A sudden retardation ...