Pechkova, Eugenia and Innocenzi, Plinio and Malfatti, Luca and Kidchob, Tongjit and Gaspa, Leonardo and Nicolini, Claudio (2007) Thermal stability of lysozyme Langmuir-Schaefer films by FTIR spectroscopy. Langmuir, Vol. 23 (3), p. 1147-1151. eISSN 1520-5827. Article.
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Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy has been applied to study the thermal stability of multilayer Langmuir- Schaefer (LS) films of lysozyme deposited on silicon substrates. The study has confirmed previous structural findings that the LS protein films have a high thermal stability that is extended in a lysozyme multilayer up to 200 °C. 2D infrared analysis has been used here to identify the correlated molecular species during thermal denaturation. Asynchronous 2D spectra have shown that the two components of water, fully and not fully hydrogen bonded, in the high-wavenumber range (2800-3600 cm-1) are negatively correlated with the amine stretching band at 3300 cm-1. On the grounds of the 2D spectra the FTIR spectra have been deconvoluted using three main components, two for water and one for the amine. This analysis has shown that, at the first drying stage, up to 100 °C, only the water that is not fully hydrogen bonded is removed. Moreover, the amine intensity band does not change up to 200 °C, the temperature at which the structural stability of the multilayer lysozyme films ceases.
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