Nanomechanical control of glucopyranose rotamers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Single molecules of beta-1 --> 6-linked d-glucose polysaccharides, when stretched in an atomic force microscope, display a hookean-like elasticity unusual for polymers. High-level ab initio calculations and microsecond-scale molecular dynamics simulations reveal that this elasticity is governed by force-induced rotations of the exocyclic group on the glucopyranose rings from their short and less energetic gt and gg conformations to the extended and high-energy tg state. These observations indicate that a simple stretching of 1 --> 6-linked glucose polysaccharides provide a unique means to control glucopyranose rotamer populations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lee, G; Nowak, W; Jaroniec, J; Zhang, Q; Marszalek, PE

Published Date

  • May 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 126 / 20

Start / End Page

  • 6218 - 6219

PubMed ID

  • 15149204

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-5126

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-7863

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/ja0491984


  • eng