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Side-chain dynamics in poly(α-glutamate) and poly(γ-glutamate) aqueous solutions: a high-frequency dielectric investigation

Abstract

The side-chain dynamics in two polypeptides, poly(α-glutamate) and poly(γ-glutamate), in aqueous solutions were investigated by means of dielectric spectroscopic measurements carried out in the frequency range from 1 MHz to 1.8 GHz. The influence of the conformational transitions induced by pH was studied and the behaviour of the dielectric parameters of the observed dielectric dispersion (the dielectric increments and the relaxation times) as a function of the degree of ionization is discussed. These results suggest that the motion of the side-chain groups in both polymers is largely independent of the chain conformation, i.e., of the fraction of the helical content in the polymer chain. The findings indicate that the cooperative coupling mechanism between several repeat units in the coiled part of the chain, recently reported for similar polymers to take into account the observed dielectric relaxation, is invalid.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/A809053J
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 1999,1, 1555-1561
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    Side-chain dynamics in poly(α-glutamate) and poly(γ-glutamate) aqueous solutions: a high-frequency dielectric investigation

    F. Bordi, C. Cametti and G. Paradossi, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 1999, 1, 1555
    DOI: 10.1039/A809053J

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