Title: On the molar mass of kappa-carrageenan in the course of conformational transition from the disordered to the fundamental ordered form
Authors: Bongaerts, K ×
Reynaers, Harry
Zanetti, F
Paoletti, S #
Issue Date: Jan-1999
Publisher: Amer chemical soc
Series Title: Macromolecules vol:32 issue:3 pages:675-682
Abstract: Weight-average ((M) over bar(w)) molar mass data were obtained by light scattering on aqueous solutions of a sample of kappa-carrageenan with a relative molar mass of about 157 000. They were compared with literature data of several samples, having (M) over bar(w) values from 35 000 to 720 000, using a variety of methods. Temperature and concentration of supporting 1:1 electrolyte were chosen so as to span across the disorderto-order conformational transition, monitored by the change of optical activity. The present comparative study indicates that the single helix is the fundamental ordered (secondary) conformation of kappa-carrageenan in aqueous solution. This conclusion appears to be universally valid on the basis of a very large number of cases, including polymer samples of different average molar mass, in the presence of different counterions and co-ions, and at different temperatures. The single-helical structure is the conformational "building-block" of a higher ("tertiary") ordered structure that stems from the association of(at least) two of such secondary structures according to a topology that cannot be determined by light-scattering data only.
ISSN: 0024-9297
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Chemistry - miscellaneous
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