The chemical bonds of the pentapeptide sequence of elastin ValGlyGlyValGly (VGGVG), both in its monomer and polymer forms, were correlated with their XPS spectra through a well-established curve-fitting procedure. To aid in this correlation, the C1s, O1s, and N1s chemical shifts of the Boc-VGGVG-OEt, were validated by theoretical calculations, performed in the framework of the Koopman approximation of HF/6-31G molecular orbitals, leading to the "preferred" conformation of the protected monomer. Then the same curve-fitting procedure was adopted for interpreting the XPS spectra of the polypentapeptide as a powder, and the XPS results obtained both for monomer and polymer compounds were compared with those obtained by FT-IR. The polymer was then analyzed after deposition onto a silicon substrate, Si(100), either from methanol or water suspensions and the presence of hydrogen bonds was detected at the polymer/substrate interface and between the polymer chains. The "surface rearrangement" that could be inferred from XPS results strongly confirms that derived from AFM images previously obtained under the same experimental conditions. In particular, the observed amyloid conformation is stabilized by hydrogen bonds to water molecules included in the structure while the formation of the beaded string structure observed in deposits from methanolic suspension is probably mediated by hydrogen bonds to the hydrated silicon surface.
|Titolo:||Conformational study and hydrogen bonds detection on elastin-related polypeptides using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|