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Thermodynamic and Spectroscopic Studies on the Nickel Arachidate-RNA Polymerase Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayer

Rajdev, Priya and Chatterji, Dipankar (2007) Thermodynamic and Spectroscopic Studies on the Nickel Arachidate-RNA Polymerase Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayer. In: Langmuir, 23 (4). pp. 2037-2041.

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Abstract

The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers offer a unique system to study molecular interaction at the air-water interface with reduced dimensionality. In order to develop this further to follow macromolecular interactions at equilibrium, we first characterized the Ni (II)-arachidate (NiA) monolayer at varying conditions. Subsequently, the interaction between NiA and histidine-tagged RNA polymerase (HisRNAP) were also studied. LB films of arachidic acid-NiA and NiA-RNAP with different mole fractions were fabricated systematically. Surface pressure versus area per molecule (P-A) isotherms were registered, and the excess Gibbs energy of mixing was calculated. The LB films were then deposited on solid supports for Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic measurements. The FTIR spectra revealed the change in the amount of incorporated Ni (II) ions into the arachidic acid monolayer with the change in pH and the increasing mole fraction of RNAP in the NiA monolayer with its increasing concentration in the subphase. The system developed here seems to be robust and can be utilized to follow macromolecular interactions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to the American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:36
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/10414

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