Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 1 Issue 1 March 1979 pp 35-47
The solution conformations of pyridoxal-5′ -phosphate and pyridoxamine-5′-phosphate have been investigated using Eu(III) as a nuclear magnetic resonance shift probe. Binding of Eu(III) to pyridoxal phosphate results in the formation of two complexes, at the phosphate group and the
Volume 5 Issue S1 December 1983 pp 31-39
The binding of
Volume 6 Issue 4 October 1984 pp 337-348
Alamethicin and related α-aminoisobutyric acid peptides form transmembrane channels across lipid bilayers. This article briefly reviews studies on the effect of alamethicin on lipid phase transitions in lipid bilayers and on mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Fluorescence polarization studies, employing 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene as a probe, suggest that alamethicin fluidizes lipid bilayers below the phase transition t-emperature, but has little effect above the gel-liquid crystal transition point. Alamethicin is shown to function as an uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation in rat liver mitochondria. The influence of alamethicin on mitochondrial respiration is modulated by the phosphate ion concentration in the medium. Classical uncoupling activity is evident at low phosphate levels while inhibitory effects set in at higher phosphate concentrations. Time-dependent changes in respiration rates following peptide addition are rationalized in terms of alamethicin interactions with mitochondrial membrane components.
Volume 11 Issue 1-4 March 1987 pp 485-493
The interactions of symmetrical alkyldiamines with bilirubin-IX α have been examined in dichloromethane and dioxane solutions, by visible region difference sPectroscoPy and florescence methods. In dioxane solutions a clear difference is observed between the comPlexes of the shorter chain diamines (number of sPacer methylene grouPs (n ≤4) ) and the longer chain diamines (n ≥6) . The variations in sPectral features with diamine chain length are less Pronounced in dichloromethane. The sPectroscoPic results are consistent with the occurrence of distinct bilirubin conformations dePending uPon the solvent and the geometry of the interacting recePtor. Based on molecular modelling two conformations are ProPosed. A ‘ridge-tile’ model similar to that observed in crystals is favoured for binding to the longer diamines, while a ‘quasi-cyclic’ structure is Preferred for interaction with the short chain diamines.