The measurement of conformational stability of proteins adsorbed on siloxanes
Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition
The paper investigates the conformational stability of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and fibrinogen during 24-h incubation in turn with a linear silicone polymer (polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)), with linear silicone oligomers (hexamethyldisiloxane and octamethyltrisiloxane) and with cyclic silicone oligomers (octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)). Ten-fold and 100-fold excesses of siloxanes with respect to the proteins were used. Using fluorescence spectroscopy of tryptophan located in the domain of proteins and fluorescence of 8-anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid (1,8-ANS), which interacts with hydrophobic domains of proteins, changes in the tertiary structure of the protein were recorded. The results demonstrated that BSA does not change its native form during 24-h incubation with siloxanes. In contrast, the tertiary structure of fibrinogen was found to be altered by both short-chain linear siloxanes: (hexamethyldisiloxane and octamethyltrisiloxane) and long-chain PDMS. The changes can be observed only at a 100-fold excess of siloxanes with respect to the protein. No conformational changes in fibrinogen exposed to cyclic siloxanes were observed.
Taylor & Francis
Prokopowicz, Magdalena; Banecki, Bogdan; Łukasiak, Jerzy; and Przyjazny, Andrzej, "The measurement of conformational stability of proteins adsorbed on siloxanes" (2003). Chemistry & Biochemistry Publications. 44.