Comparison of the adsorbed conformation of barley lipid transfer protein at the decane-Water and vacuum-Water interface: A molecular dynamics simulation

S. R. Euston, P. Hughes, Md A. Naser, R. E. Westacott

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Abstract

Molecular dynamics simulation is used to model the adsorption of the barley lipid transfer protein (LTP) at the decane-water and vacuum-water interfaces. Adsorption at both surfaces is driven by displacement of water molecules from the interfacial region. LTP adsorbed at the decane surface exhibits significant changes in its tertiary structure, and penetrates a considerable distance into the decane phase. At the vacuum-water interface LTP shows small conformational changes away from its native structure and does not penetrate into the vacuum space. Modification of the conformational stability of LTP by reduction of its four disulphide bonds leads to an increase in conformational entropy of the molecules, which reduces the driving force for adsorption. Evidence for changes in the secondary structure are also observed for native LTP at the decane - water interface and reduced LTP at the vacuum - water interface. In particular, intermittent formation of short (six-residue) regions of ß-sheet is found in these two systems. Formation of interfacial ß-sheet in adsorbed proteins has been observed experimentally, notably in the globular milk protein ß-lactoglobulin and lysozyme. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1453
Number of pages11
JournalBiomacromolecules
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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