Anomalous behaviour of supercooled water and its implication for protein dymamics
Book chapter, 2008

Water is the foundation of life, and without it life as we know it would not exist. An organism consists to a large extent of water and, apart from a few larger reservoirs, almost all water in a living organism is closely associated with surfaces of biomolecules of different kinds. This so-called biological water is known to affect the dynamics of biomaterials such as proteins, which. in turn is crucial for its functions. However, how and why the surrounding environment affects the dynamics of proteins and other biomolecules is still not fully understood. Recently, it was suggested [Fenimore et al. PNAS 2004, 101 14408] that local and more global protein motions are slaved (or driven) by the local beta-relaxation and the more large-scale cooperative a-relaxation in the surrounding solvent, respectively. In this chapter we present results from dielectric measurements on myoglobin in water-glycerol mixtures that support this slaving idea. Moreover, we show how confined supercooled water changes its dynamical behaviour from a low temperature Arrhenius behaviour to a high temperature non-Arrhenius behaviour at a certain temperature (around 200 K), and then we discuss likely explanations for the crossover and its consequence for protein dynamics.

VERMICULITE CLAY

BIOLOGICAL WATER

HYDRATION WATER

NEUTRON-SCATTERING

CONFINED WATER

DIELECTRIC-SPECTROSCOPY

GLASS-LIQUID TRANSITION

TIME-DOMAIN REFLECTOMETRY

HYDROPHILIC SURFACES

VYCOR GLASS

Author

Jan Swenson

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Physics

Helen Jansson

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Physics

Rikard Bergman

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Physics

Lecture Notes in Physics; Aspects of Physical Biology: Biological water, Protein solutions,Transport and Replication

23-42

Subject Categories

Condensed Matter Physics

ISBN

978-3-540-78764-8

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10/7/2017