INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Specific intermolecular interactions of conserved water molecules with amino acids in the Galectin-1 carbohydrate recognition domain
DI LELLA, SANTIAGO; PETRUK, ARIEL ALCIDES; ALONSO DE ARMIÑO, DIEGO JAVIER; ÁLVAREZ, ROSA MARÍA SUSANA
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2010 vol. 978 p. 220 - 220
Water molecules, rigidly associated to protein surfaces, play a key role in stabilizing biomolecules and participating in their biological functions. Recent studies on the solvation properties of the carbohydrate recognition domain of Galectin-1 by means of molecular dynamic simulations have revealed the existence of several water sites which were well correlated to both the bound water molecules observed in the crystal structure of the protein in the free state and to some of the hydroxyl groups of the carbohydrate ligand observed in the crystal structure of the complexed protein. In this work, we present a study using quantum mechanical methods (B3LYP/6-311++G(3df,3dp)//B3LYP/6-31+G(d)) to determine the energy involved in the binding of these water molecules to specific amino acids in the carbohydrate recognition domain of the protein. By modeling the hydroxyl groups of the carbohydrate by methanol, the energies associated to the local interactions between the ligand and the protein have been evaluated by replacing specific water molecules with methanol. The values of the binding energies have been compared to those previously obtained by the molecular dynamic method.