Thermal stability of the α-helix conformation of melittin in pure ethanol and ethanol-water mixture solvents has been investigated by using NMR spectroscopy. With increase in water concentration of the mixture solvents (from 0wt% to ~71.5wt%) as well as temperature (from room temperature to 60°C), the intramolecular hydrogen bonds formed in melittin are destabilized and the α-helix is partially uncoiled. Further, the hydrogen bonds are found to be more thermally stable in pure ethanol than in pure methanol, suggesting that their stability is enhanced with increase in the size of the alkyl groups of alcohol molecules.
|ジャーナル||Journal of Peptide Science|
|出版ステータス||出版済み - 12月 2011|
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