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Frontiers of Physics

, 10:106105

Water Science


The dynamic or glass transition in biomolecules is important to their functioning. Also essential is the transition between the protein native state and the unfolding process. To better understand these transitions, we use Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to study the vibrational bending and stretching modes of hydrated lysozymes across a wide temperature range. We find that these transitions are triggered by the strong hydrogen bond coupling between the protein and hydration water. More precisely, we demonstrate that in both cases the water properties dominate the evolution of the system. We find that two characteristic temperatures are relevant: in the supercooled regime of confined water, the fragile-to-strong dynamic transition occurs at TL, and in the stable liquid phase, T* ≈ 315 ± 5 K characterizes the behavior of both isothermal compressibility KT T,P and the coefficient of thermal expansion aP T,P.

Keywordsprotein unfolding hydration water infrared spectroscopy  Download to read the full article text

Autor: Francesco Mallamace - Carmelo Corsaro - Domenico Mallamace - Cirino Vasi - Nicola Cicero - H. Eugene Stanley

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