Shorter analogues of a continuous epitope of hepatitis A virus, VP3(110-121) peptide, failed to react with convalescent sera, indicating the importance of the entire peptide in the epitope structure. To better understand the influence of the structural properties of the 12-mer peptide epitope on its biological activity, the interaction of smaller peptide analogues with phospholipid biomembrane models was investigated by a combination of spectroscopic and biophysical techniques. In this article we describe our findings concerning the surface activity and the interaction of peptides with simple mono- and bilayer membranes composed of a zwitterionic phospholipid (dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine, DPPC), an anionic phospholipid (dipalmitoyl phosphatidylglicerol, DPPG), or a DPPC/DPPG mixture. The results indicate that the net negative charge of the peptide is in some way responsible of the specific interactions between VP3(110-121) and membrane phospholipids, and necessary to induce β-type conformations upon vesicle interaction.
|Nombre de pàgines||12|
|Estat de la publicació||Publicada - de des. 2000|