Volume 65, Number 1, January 2004
|Page(s)||41 - 47|
|Section||Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties|
|Published online||01 December 2003|
Comparative study of trehalose, sucrose and maltose in water solutions by molecular modelling
Laboratoire de Dynamique et Structure des Matériaux Moléculaires UMR 8024, Université Lille I - 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 28 October 2003
A systematic study of three well-known bioprotectant sugars —trehalose, sucrose and maltose— in water solutions has been performed at different concentrations and temperatures using molecular-dynamics simulations. A variety of relevant probes such as the size of hydrogen-bonded water clusters, the orientational order parameter q, the Voronoi volume and the dynamical structure factor have been determined to describe the effect of the three disaccharides on water quantitatively. This investigation points out different structural and dynamical behaviours for which a threshold concentration and a crossover temperature TA emerge. A “destructuring” effect on the water network and a slowing-down of its dynamics are highlighted. These results suggest narrow links between the different scenarios tentatively explaining bioprotection.
PACS: 61.20.Ja – Computer simulation of liquid structure / 64.60.Ht – Dynamic critical phenomena / 64.70.Pf – Glass transitions
© EDP Sciences, 2004
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