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Interaction of amino acids with the Au(111) surface: adsorption free energies from molecular dynamics simulations



Interaction of amino acids with the Au(111) surface: adsorption free energies from molecular dynamics simulations



Langmuir 26(11): 8347-8351



Interactions of proteins with inorganic surfaces are of high importance in biological events and in modern biotechnological applications. Therefore, peptides have been engineered to recognize inorganic surfaces with high specificity. However, the underlying interactions are still not well understood. Here, we investigated the adsorption of amino acids as protein building blocks onto a Au(111) surface. In particular, using molecular dynamics simulations, we calculated the potential of mean force between all the 20 amino acids and the gold surface. We found a strong dependence of the binding affinities on the chemical character of the amino acids. Additionally, the interaction free energy is correlated with the propensity of amino acids to form beta-sheets, hinting at design principles for gold binding peptides and induction of beta-sheet formation near surfaces.

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DOI: 10.1021/la904765u


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