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Weak self-association in a carbohydrate system

Patel, T. R., Harding, S. E., Ebringerova, A., Deszczynski, M., Hromadkova, Z., Togola, A., Paulsen, B. S., Morris, Gordon and Rowe, A. J. (2007) Weak self-association in a carbohydrate system. Biophysical Journal, 93 (3). pp. 741-749. ISSN 0006-3495

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    The physiological importance of weak interactions between biological macromolecules (molar dissociation constants >10 μM) is now well recognized, particularly with regard to cell adhesion and immunological phenomena, and many weak interactions have been measured for proteins. The concomitant importance of carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions has also been identified, although no weak interaction between pure carbohydrate systems has ever been measured. We now demonstrate for the first time to our knowledge using a powerful probe for weak interactions - sedimentation velocity in the analytical ultracentrifuge - that at least some carbohydrates (from the class of polysaccharides known as heteroxylans and demonstrated here to be biologically active) can show well-defined weak self-interactions of the "monomer- dimer" type frequently found in protein systems. The weak interaction between the heteroxylans is shown from a temperature dependence study to be likely to be hydrophobic in nature. © 2007 by the Biophysical Society.

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    Uncontrolled Keywords: carbohydrate cell protein polysaccharide xylan animal cell article carbohydrate analysis cell adhesion chemical interaction dissociation hydrophobicity macromolecule measurement molecular recognition nonhuman sedimentation rate temperature dependence ultracentrifugation Animals Carbohydrates Complement System Proteins Dietary Fiber Dimerization Kinetics Lymphocyte Activation Molecular Weight Monosaccharides Polysaccharides Rats Starch Xylans
    Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
    Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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    PubMed ID: 17483161
    Language of Original Document: English
    Correspondence Address: Harding, S.E.; NCMH, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, LE12 5 RD, United Kingdom; email:
    Chemicals/CAS: xylan, 9014-63-5; Carbohydrates; Complement System Proteins, 9007-36-7; Monosaccharides; Polysaccharides; Starch, 9005-25-8; Xylans
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