Peptide Solubility Limits: Backbone and Side-Chain Interactions

Rahul Sarma, Ka Yiu Wong, Gillian C. Lynch, Bernard Pettitt

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We calculate the solubility limit of pentapeptides in water by simulating the phase separation in an oversaturated aqueous solution. The solubility limit order followed by our model peptides (GGRGG > GGDGG > GGGGG > GGVGG > GGQGG > GGNGG > GGFGG) is found to be the same as that reported for amino acid monomers from experiment (R > D > G > V > Q > N > F). Investigation of dynamical properties of peptides shows that the higher the solubility of a peptide is, the lower the time spent by the peptide in the aggregated cluster is. We also demonstrate that fluctuations in conformation and hydration number of peptide in monomeric form are correlated with the solubility of the peptide. We considered energetic mechanisms and dynamical properties of interbackbone CO-CO and CO···HN interactions. Our results confirm that CO-CO interactions more than the interbackbone H-bonds are important in peptide self-assembly and association. Further, we find that the stability of H-bonded peptide pairs arises mainly from coexisting CO-CO and CO···HN interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3528-3539
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume122
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 5 2018

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Peptides
peptides
Carbon Monoxide
solubility
interactions
Phase separation
Hydration
Self assembly
amino acids
hydration
Conformations
self assembly
Amino acids
monomers
Monomers
Association reactions
aqueous solutions
Amino Acids
Water

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  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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Peptide Solubility Limits : Backbone and Side-Chain Interactions. / Sarma, Rahul; Wong, Ka Yiu; Lynch, Gillian C.; Pettitt, Bernard.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 122, No. 13, 05.04.2018, p. 3528-3539.

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Sarma, Rahul ; Wong, Ka Yiu ; Lynch, Gillian C. ; Pettitt, Bernard. / Peptide Solubility Limits : Backbone and Side-Chain Interactions. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 2018 ; Vol. 122, No. 13. pp. 3528-3539.
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