Infrared light-induced protein crystallization. Structuring of protein interfacial water and periodic self-assembly

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Abstract

We show that a physical trigger, a non-ionizing infrared (IR) radiation at wavelengths strongly absorbed by liquid water, can be used to induce and kinetically control protein (periodic) self-assembly in solution. This phenomenon is explained by considering the effect of IR light on the structuring of protein interfacial water. Our results indicate that the IR radiation can promote enhanced mutual correlations of water molecules in the protein hydration shell. We report on the radiation-induced increase in both the strength and cooperativeness of H-bonds. The presence of a structured dipolar hydration layer can lead to attractive interactions between like-charged biomacromolecules in solution (and crystal nucleation events). Furthermore, our study suggests that enveloping the protein within a layer of structured solvent (an effect enhanced by IR light) can prevent the protein non-specific aggregation favoring periodic self-assembly. Recognizing the ability to affect protein-water interactions by means of IR radiation may have important implications for biological and bio-inspired systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-368
JournalJournal Of Crystal Growth
Volume457
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Protein crystallization
  • Protein hydration
  • Colloidal self-assembly
  • Crystal growth from solution

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