Biophysical chemistry

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

Current impact factor: 2.32

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.319
2012 Impact Factor 2.283
2011 Impact Factor 2.203
2010 Impact Factor 2.108
2009 Impact Factor 2.276
2008 Impact Factor 2.362
2007 Impact Factor 1.913
2006 Impact Factor 1.784
2005 Impact Factor 1.925
2004 Impact Factor 2.102
2003 Impact Factor 1.728
2002 Impact Factor 1.494
2001 Impact Factor 1.918
2000 Impact Factor 1.578
1999 Impact Factor 1.498
1998 Impact Factor 1.522
1997 Impact Factor 1.596
1996 Impact Factor 2.294
1995 Impact Factor 1.696
1994 Impact Factor 1.157
1993 Impact Factor 1.059
1992 Impact Factor 1.314

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5-year impact 2.07
Cited half-life 7.40
Immediacy index 0.59
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.69
ISSN 1873-4200

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    ABSTRACT: Amyloid and amyloid-like fibrils are a general class of protein aggregates and represent a central topic in life sciences for their involvement in several neurodegenerative disorders and their unique mechanical and supramolecular morphological properties. Both their biological role and their physical properties, including their high mechanical stability and thermodynamic inertia, are related to the structural arrangement of proteins in the aggregates at molecular level. Significant variations may exist in the supramolecular organization of the commonly termed cross-β structure that constitutes the amyloid core. In this context, a fine knowledge of the structural details in fibrils may give significant information on the assembly process and on possible ways of tuning or inhibiting it. Here we propose a simple method based on the combined use of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy to accurately reveal structural details in the fibrillar aggregates, side-chain exposure and intermolecular interactions. Interestingly, coupled analysis of mid-infrared spectra reveals antiparallel β-sheet orientation in ConA fibrils. We also report the comparison between THz absorption spectra of Concanavalin A in its native and fibrillar state at different hydration levels, allowing obtaining corroboration of peaks assignation in this range and information on the effect of amyloid supramolecular arrangement on the network dynamics of hydration water. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Biophysical chemistry 04/2015; 199:17-24. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2015.02.007
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    ABSTRACT: As major components of red blood cell (RBC) cytoskeleton, spectrin and F-actin form a network that covers the entire cytoplasmic surface of the plasma membrane. The cross-linked two layered structure, called the membrane skeleton, keeps the structural integrity of RBC under drastically changing mechanical environment during circulation. We performed force spectroscopy experiments on the atomic force microscope (AFM) as a means to clarify the mechanical characteristics of spectrin-ankyrin interaction, a key factor in the force balance of the RBC cytoskeletal structure. An AFM tip was functionalized with ANK1-62k and used to probe spectrin crosslinked to mica surface. A force spectroscopy study gave a mean unbinding force of ~30pN under our experimental conditions. Two energy barriers were identified in the unbinding process. The result was related to the well-known flexibility of spectrin tetramer and participation of ankyrin 1-spectrin interaction in the overall balance of membrane skeleton dynamics. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Biophysical chemistry 03/2015; 200-201C. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2015.03.007
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    ABSTRACT: Synchronous metabolic oscillations can be induced in yeast by addition of glucose and removal of extracellular acetaldehyde (ACAx). Compared to other means of ACAx removal, cyanide robustly induces oscillations, indicating additional cyanide reactions besides ACA to lactonitrile conversion. Here, (13)C NMR is used to confirm our previous hypothesis, that cyanide directly affects glycolytic fluxes through reaction with carbonyl-containing compounds. Intracellularly, at least 3 cyanohydrins were identified. Extracellularly, all signals could be identified and lactonitrile was found to account for ~66% of total cyanide removal. Simulations of our updated computational model show that intracellular cyanide reactions increase the amplitude of oscillations and that cyanide addition lowers [ACA] instantaneously. We conclude that cyanide provides the following means of inducing global oscillations: a) by reducing [ACAx] relative to oscillation amplitude, b) by targeting multiple intracellular carbonyl compounds during fermentation, and c) by acting as a phase resetting stimulus. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Biophysical chemistry 03/2015; 200-201C. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2015.03.004
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    ABSTRACT: Two families of glucose transporter - the Na(+)-dependent glucose cotransporter-1 (SGLT family) and the facilitated diffusion glucose transporter family (GLUT family) - play a crucial role in the translocation of glucose across the epithelial cell membrane. How genetic mutations cause life-threatening diseases like GLUT1-deficiency syndrome (GLUT1-DS) is not well understood. In this review, we have combined previous functional data with our in silico analyses of the bacterial homologue of GLUT members, XylE (an outward-facing, partly occluded conformation) and previously proposed GLUT1 homology model (an inward-facing conformation). A variety of native and mutant side chain interactions were modeled to highlight the potential roles of mutations in destabilizing protein-protein interaction hence triggering structural and functional defects. This study sets the stage for future studies of the structural properties that mediate GLUT1 dysfunction and further suggests that both SGLT and GLUT families share conserved domains that stabilize the transporter structure/function via a similar mechanism. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Biophysical chemistry 03/2015; 200-201C. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2015.03.005
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    ABSTRACT: Femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy was used to investigate the excited state dynamics of the T1 copper site of laccase from Pleurotus ostreatus, by exciting its 600nm charge transfer band with a 15-fs pulse and probing over a broad range in the visible region. The decay of the pump-induced ground-state bleaching occurs in a single step and is modulated by clearly visible oscillations. Global analysis of the two-dimensional differential transmission map shows that the excited state exponentially decays with a time constant of 375fs, thus featuring a decay rate slower than those occurring in quite all the investigated T1 copper site proteins. The ultrashort pump pulse induces a vibrational coherence in the protein, which is mainly assigned to ground state activity, as expected in a system with fast excited state decay. Vibrational features are discussed also in comparison with the traditional resonance Raman spectrum of the enzyme. The results indicate that both excited state dynamics and vibrational modes associated with the T1 Cu laccase charge transfer have main characteristics similar to those of all the T1 copper site-containing proteins. On the other hand, the differences observed for laccase from P. ostreatus further confirm the peculiar hypothesized trigonal T1 Cu site geometry. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Biophysical chemistry 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2015.03.003
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    ABSTRACT: Centrally located at the ribosomal subunit interface and mRNA tunnel, helix 69 (H69) from 23S rRNA participates in key steps of translation. Ribosome activity is influenced by three pseudouridine modifications, which modulate the structure and conformational behavior of H69. To understand how H69 is affected by the presence of pseudouridine in combination with sequence changes, the biophysical properties of wild-type H69 and representative mutants (A1912G, U1917C, and A1919G) were examined. Results from NMR and circular dichroism spectroscopy indicate that pH-dependent structural changes of wild-type H69 and the chosen mutants are modulated by pseudouridine and loop sequence. The effects of the mutations on global stability of H69 are negligible; however, pseudouridine stabilizes H69 at low pH conditions. Alterations to induced conformational changes of H69 likely result in compromised function, as indicated by previous biological studies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Biophysical chemistry 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2015.03.001
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    ABSTRACT: The unique advantage of the single molecule approach is to reveal the inhomogeneous subpopulations in an ensemble. For example, smFRET (single molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer) can identify multiple subpopulations based on the FRET efficiency histograms. However, identifying multiple FRET states with overlapping average values remains challenging. Here, we report a new concept and method to analyze the single molecule FRET data of a ribosome system. The main results are as follows: 1. based on a hierarchic concept, multiple ribosome subpopulations are identified. 2. The subpopulations are self-identified via the cross-correlation analysis of the FRET histogram profiles. The dynamic heterogeneity is tracked after 2min intervals on the same ribosomes individually. 3. The major ribosome subpopulations exchange with each other with a certain pattern, indicating some correlations among the motions of the tRNAs and the ribosomal components. Experiments under the conditions of 20% glycerol or 1mM viomycin supported this conclusion. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Biophysical chemistry 03/2015; 199. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2015.02.008
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    ABSTRACT: We have measured the affinity of the CysF9[93]β sulfhydryl group of human deoxyhemoglobin and oxyhemoglobin for 5,5'-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoate), DTNB, between pH ≈5.6 and 9 in order to understand the basis of the reported reduction of the Bohr effect induced by chemical modification of the sulfhydryl. We analyzed the results quantitatively on the basis of published data indicating that the sulfhydryl exists in two conformations that are coupled to the transition between two tertiary structures of hemoglobin in dynamic equilibrium. Our analyses show that the ionizable groups linked to the DTNB reaction have lower pKas of ionization in deoxyhemoglobin compared to oxyhemoglobin. So these ionizable groups should make negative contributions to the Bohr effect. We identify these groups as HisNA2[2]β, HisEF1[77]β and HisH21[143]β. We provide explanations for the finding that hemoglobin, chemically modified at CysF9[93]β, has a lower Bohr effect and a higher oxygen affinity than unmodified hemoglobin.
    Biophysical chemistry 04/2014; 190-191C:41-49. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.04.002
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    ABSTRACT: The ion-binding between inorganic ions and charged functional groups of glycine zwitter-ion in NaCl(aq), KCl(aq), MgCl2(aq), and CaCl2(aq) has been investigated over a wide salt concentration range by using integral equation theory in the 3D-RISM approach. These systems mimic biological systems where binding of ions to charged residues at protein surfaces is relevant. It has been found that the stability of ion pairs formed by the carboxylate group and added inorganic cations decreases in the sequence Mg(2+)>Ca(2+)>Na(+)>K(+). However, all formed ion pairs are weak and decrease in stability with increasing salt concentration. On the other hand, at a given salt concentration the stability of (-NH3(+):Cl(-))aq ion pairs is similar in all studied systems. The features of ion-binding and the salt concentration effect on this process are discussed.
    Biophysical chemistry 04/2014; 190-191C:25-31. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.04.001
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    ABSTRACT: Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) data reveal large differences between the ferric ((13)C-)cyanide complexes of wild-type human neuroglobin (NGB) and its H64Q and F28L point mutants and the cyanide complexes of mammalian myo- and haemoglobin. The point mutations, which involve residues comprising the distal haem pocket in NGB, induce smaller, but still significant changes, related to changes in the stabilization of the cyanide ligand. Furthermore, for the first time, the full (13)C hyperfine tensor of the cyanide carbon of cyanide-ligated horse heart myoglobin (hhMb) was determined using Davies ENDOR (electron nuclear double resonance). Disagreement of these experimental data with earlier predictions based on (13)C NMR data and a theoretical model reveal significant flaws in the model assumptions. The same ENDOR procedure allowed also partial determination of the corresponding (13)C hyperfine tensor of cyanide-ligated NGB and H64QNGB. These (13)C parameters differ significantly from those of cyanide-ligated hhMb and challenge our current theoretical understanding of how the haem environment influences the magnetic parameters obtained by EPR and NMR in cyanide-ligated haem proteins.
    Biophysical chemistry 04/2014; 190-191C:8-16. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.03.007
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    ABSTRACT: The interactions between proteins and ligands often involve a conformational change in the protein. This conformational change can occur before (conformational selection) or after (induced fit) the association with ligand. It is often very difficult to distinguish induced fit from conformational selection when hyperbolic binding kinetics are observed. In light of a recent paper in this journal (Vogt et al., Biophys. Chem., 186, 2014, 13-21) and the current interest in binding mechanisms emerging from observed sampling of distinct conformations in protein domains, as well as from the field of intrinsically disordered proteins, we here describe a kinetic method that, at least in some cases, unequivocally distinguishes induced fit from conformational selection. The method relies on measuring the observed rate constant λ for binding and varying both the protein and the ligand in separate experiments. Whereas induced fit always yields a hyperbolic dependence of increasing λ values, the conformational selection mechanism gives rise to distinct kinetics when the ligand and protein (displaying the conformational change) concentration is varied in separate experiments. We provide examples from the literature and discuss the limitations of the approach.
    Biophysical chemistry 04/2014; 189C:33-39. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.03.003
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of adding cis- and trans-unsaturated lipid to a fully interdigitated membrane were examined using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction. A monofluorinated analog of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) was used as the interdigitated lipid. The single fluorine atom on the end of the sn-2 chain allows 1-palmitoyl-2-(16-fluoropalmitoyl)sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (F-DPPC) to spontaneously form the interdigitated gel phase (LβI) below the main transition temperature (Tm). The cis 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) and equivalent trans lipid 1,2-dielaidoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DEPC) are strongly disfavored to form the LβI phase. Wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) data demonstrate that the unsaturated lipids progressively disrupt the intermolecular packing at higher concentrations. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) data show that as the ratio of unsaturated lipid increases, the amount of interdigitated lipid decreases. The cis isomer is more disruptive and inhibits interdigitation more effectively than the trans isomer.
    Biophysical chemistry 04/2014; 190-191C:1-7. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.03.004
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of the central metal ion on complex formation between meso-tetrakis(N-methylpyridium-4-yl)porphyrin (TMPyP) and the thrombin-binding aptamer G-quadruplex, 5'G2T2G2TGTG2T2G2, were examined in this study. The central metal ions were vanadium and zinc. At a [porphyrin]/[G-quadruplex] ratio of less than one, the absorption and CD spectra were unaffected by the mixing ratio for all three porphyrins, suggesting that the binding mode is homogeneous. Relatively small changes in the absorption spectrum when forming the complexes with the G-quadruplex, the positive CD signal, and the large accessibility of the I(-) quencher, suggested that all these porphyrins are not intercalated between the G-quartet. Stabilization of the G-quadruplex by ZnTMPyP was most effective. The effect of VOTMPyP on G-quadruplex stabilization was moderate, whereas TMPyP slightly destabilized G-quadruplex. From this observation, the involvement of the ligation of one G-quartet component to the central metal ion in G-quadruplex stabilization by metallo-TMPyP is suggested.
    Biophysical chemistry 04/2014; 190-191C:17-24. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.03.005
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    ABSTRACT: Transthyretin (TTR) dissociation and aggregation appear to cause several amyloid diseases. TTR dimer is an important intermediate that is hard to be observed from the biological experiments. To date, the molecular origin and the structural motifs for TTR dimer dissociation, as well as the unfolding process have not been rationalized at atomic resolution. To this end, we have investigated the effect of low pH and mutation L55P on stability as well as the unfolding pathway of TTR dimer using constant pH molecular dynamics simulations. The result shows that acidic environment results in loose TTR dimer structure. Mutation L55P causes the disruption of strand D and makes the CE-loop very flexible. In acidic conditions, dimeric L55P mutant exhibits notable conformation changes and an evident trend to separate. Our work shows that the movements of strand C and the loops nearby are the beginning of the unfolding process. In addition, hydrogen bond network at the interface of the two monomers plays a part in stabilizing TTR dimer. The dynamic investigation on TTR dimer provides important insights into the structure-function relationships of TTR, and rationalizes the structural origin for the tendency of unfolding and changes of structure that occur upon introduction of mutation and pH along the TTR dimer dissociation and unfolding process.
    Biophysical chemistry 03/2014; 189C:8-15. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.02.002
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    ABSTRACT: We present a novel protein distance matrix based on the minimum line of arc between two points on the surface of a protein. Two methods for calculating this distance matrix are developed and contrasted. The first method, which we have called TOPOL, is an approximate rule based algorithm consisting of successive rounds of vector addition. The second method is adapted from the graph theoretic approach of Dijkstra. Both procedures are demonstrated using cytochrome c, a 12,500Da protein, as a test case. In respect to computational speed and accuracy the TOPOL procedure compares favorably against the more complex method based on shortest path enumeration over a surface manifold grid. Some potential uses of the algorithmic approaches and calculated surface protein distance measurement are discussed.
    Biophysical chemistry 02/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.01.005
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to investigate the effects of cholesterol on the interaction between the hydrophilic anticancer drug, 5-FU, and fully hydrated 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) bilayer. Several structural and dynamical parameters of DMPC bilayers with varying amounts of cholesterol (0, 25, and 50mol%) in the presence and absence of drug molecules were calculated. Moreover, the free energy barriers for translocation of one 5-FU molecule from water to the lipid bilayer were determined by using the potential of mean force (PMF). PMF studies indicated that the location of the maximum free energy barrier was in the hydrophobic middle region of bilayer, while the minimums of the barrier were located at the hydrophilic part of bilayer at the interface with water. The minimum and maximum of the free energy profiles were independent of cholesterol concentration and suggested that the drug molecules 5-FU were accumulated in the vicinity of the polar head group of lipid bilayers. Moreover, the results showed that with increasing cholesterol concentration in the bilayer, the free energy barrier for translocation of 5-FU across the bilayer also increases which can be attributed to the condensing effect of the cholesterol on the bilayer.
    Biophysical chemistry 02/2014; 187-188C:43-50. DOI:10.1016/j.bpc.2014.01.004