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How acidic are monomeric structural units of heparin?

By Milan Remko, Ria Broer and Piet Th Van Duijnen

Abstract

<p>Density functional theory methods with the B3LYP functional have been used to letter the acidity of carboxyl, O-sulfo and N-sulfo groups in six basic monomeric structural units of heparin (1-OMe Delta UA-2S, 1-OMe GlcN-S6S, 1,4-DiOMe GlcA, 1,4-DiOMe GlcN-S3S6S, 1,4-DiOMe IdoA-2S, and 1,4-DiOMe GlcN-S6S). The predicted gas-phase acidity of the acidic functional groups in the monomeric structural units of heparin is: O-sulfo > N-sulfo > carboxyl. The computed pK(a) values provide the same order of acidity as was observed in water solution. This implies that hydration does not change ordering of acidity of major acidic groups of monomeric structural units of heparin. (C) 2013 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.</p>

Topics: GAS-PHASE ACIDITIES, PROTEIN INTERACTIONS; ANTITHROMBIN-III; DENSITY; SULFATE; EXCHANGE; GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS; PENTASACCHARIDE; DISACCHARIDES; CONFORMATION
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.cplett.2013.10.062
OAI identifier: oai:pure.rug.nl:publications/d20e1aa8-b97e-4a67-8bdb-a8fa3263991a
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