Energetics of Interaction Between Biomolecules

McPhail, Deborah (1997) Energetics of Interaction Between Biomolecules. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Thermodynamic aspects of the molecular recognition between the antibiotics vancomycin and ristocetin in the absence and presence of bacterial cell wall analogue peptides over a range of conditions has been investigated. Microcalorimetry has been used to study the recognition processes directly by measuring the association/dimerisation constants and enthalpy changes. Vancomycin has been shown to combine with various peptides, such as N-acetyl-D-Ala, N-acetyl-D-Ala-D-Ala, N-fumaryl-D-Ala and Nalpha,Nepsilon-diacetyl-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala, but most strongly with Nalpha,Nepsilon-diacetyl-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala, the amino acid sequence most closely resembling its natural substrate. Dimerisation of antibiotic in the presence of this ligand was significantly increased from dimerisation in the absence of ligand. This enhancement of vancomycin dimerisation in the presence of ligand is in contrast to ristocetin. kistocetin dimerisation in the absence ana presence of the cell wail analogues, N-acetyi-D-Ala and Nalpha,Nepsilon-diacetyl-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala was similarly studied, but in this case, dimerisation was weakest in the presence of Nalpha,Nepsilon-diacetyl-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala. Kinetics were used in an attempt to study the vancomycin dimerisation process in the presence of the strongly binding Nalpha,Nepsilon-diacetyl-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala in more detail and a scheme is proposed for the direct dissociation of such dimers in solution. The precipitation of vancomycin/N-acetyl-D-Ala-D-Ala solutions at the concentrations required for calorimetric dilution measurements allowed successful crystallisation of the complex, which permitted the use of X-ray crystallography to investigate the structure of the complex. However, this remains unresolved due to an uncharacteristically large unit cell for a small molecule, the high symmetry space group and the lack of a suitable model for molecular replacement techniques.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Alan Cooper
Keywords: Pharmacology, Thermodynamics
Date of Award: 1997
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1997-74664
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 17:17
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 17:17
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/74664

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