Application of isothermal titration calorimetry as a tool to study natural product interactions
Covering: up to February 2015
Over the past twenty-five years, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) has become a potent tool for the study a great variety of molecular interactions. This technique is able to provide a complete thermodynamic profile of an interaction process in a single experiment, with a series of advantages in comparison to other comparable techniques, such as less amount of sample or no need of chemical modification or labelling. It is thus not surprising that ITC has been applied to study the manifold types of interactions of natural products to get new insights into the molecular key factors implied in the complexation process of this type of compounds. This review provides an overview over the applications of ITC as a potent tool to investigate interactions of natural products with proteins, nucleic acids, oligosaccharides, and other types of receptors. The examples have been selected depending on the impact that this technique had during the investigation and revision of the interactions involved in the bioactivity of a compound, lead optimization or technical applications.