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Kinetic Approach to Biomineralization : Interactions of Synthetic Polypeptides with Calcium Carbonate Polymorphs

Njegić-Džakula, Branka; Brečević, Ljerka; Falini, Giuseppe; Kralj, Damir
Kinetic Approach to Biomineralization : Interactions of Synthetic Polypeptides with Calcium Carbonate Polymorphs // Croatica chemica acta, 84 (2011), 2; 304-314 doi:10.5562/cca1809 (međunarodna recenzija, pregledni rad, znanstveni)

Kinetic Approach to Biomineralization : Interactions of Synthetic Polypeptides with Calcium Carbonate Polymorphs

Njegić-Džakula, Branka ; Brečević, Ljerka ; Falini, Giuseppe ; Kralj, Damir

Croatica chemica acta (0011-1643) 84 (2011), 2; 304-314

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, pregledni rad, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Calcium carbonate; calcite; vaterite; amorphous calcium carbonate; poly-L-aspartic acid; poly-L-glutamic acid; poly-L-lysine

Biomineralization processes are the subject of numerous investigations. This article gives a review of the study on interactions between the charged polypeptides and the mineral surfaces involved in biomineralization, with an additional kinetic approach. Calcium carbonate polymorphs, calcite and vaterite, were used as biomineral substrates and acidic polypeptides, poly-L-aspartic (pAsp) acid and poly-L-glutamic (pGlu) acid, as analogues of naturally occurring soluble acidic proteins. A basic polypeptide, poly-L-lysine (pLys), was also used in experiments in order to find out whether conformity between the crystal surface and the adsorbed polypeptide, or just the electrostatic interactions, have a decisive role in these processes. Precipitation studies of processes in living organisms were run at the initial supersaturation corresponding to the solubility of amorphous calcium carbonate as a limiting condition. The addition of a particular polypeptide into the precipitation system caused a significant inhibition of nucleation and growth of vaterite, the extent of inhibition being in the order InhpAsp > InhpGlu >> InhpLys. In addition to the inhibition of precipitation, the change of crystal morphology and the polymorphic composition of the precipitate were also achieved. The explanation of such acidic polypeptide behaviour is a consequence of kinetic constraints through the inhibition of calcite nucleation and stronger binding of acidic polypeptides by the calcite than by the vaterite surfaces. The acidic polypeptides also caused the inhibition of calcite crystal growth, the effect being pAsp > pGlu, and changed the observed mechanism of growth controlled by the integration of ions into the spiral steps, as found for the model systems, to the surface nucleation rate-determining mechanism. Nonselective, weak and electrostatic adsorption of pLys at the crystal surface was probably responsible for increasing the calcite crystal growth rate when pLys was present at low concentrations and for inhibiting it at pLys higher concentrations. The strongest interactions between the crystal surfaces and the polypeptides, observed for the calcite/pAsp system, can account for coordinative interactions between the side chain carboxylic groups of the predominantly planar arrangement of the pAsp structure (β-pleated sheet) and Ca2+ ions from the crystal surface.

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098-0982904-2951 - Mehanizmi taloženja anorganskih biokompatibilnih i srodnih materijala (Damir Kralj, )

Institut "Ruđer Bošković", Zagreb

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