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Protein Conformation by Infrared Spectroscopy: Resolution Enhancement by Fourier Self-Deconvolution

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Fourier self-deconvolution (FSD) has been employed to enhance the resolution of the infrared spectra of proteins in the solid state and in D2O solution. The feasibility of using diffuse reflectance spectrometry for measuring the infrared spectra of solid proteins has been demonstrated. FSD permits inherently broad absorption bands to be resolved into distinct peaks which can be associated with specific protein secondary structures. Because the areas of the resolved peaks are the same as the areas of the previously unidentifiable components, this new method should enable quantitative estimates of the proportion of each conformation in a protein to be calculated.

Keywords: Deconvolution; Diffuse reflectance; FT-IR; Infrared spectroscopy; Protein confirmation; Resolution enhancement

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701 2: Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 3: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Eastern Regional Research Center, 600 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118

Publication date: March 1, 1985

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