PMID: 708766Sep 26, 1978Paper

Thermodynamic studies of the interaction of alpha-chymotrypsin with water. II. Statistical analyses of the enthalpy-entropy compensation effect

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
M LüscherP Schindler


Differential enthalpies (deltaH) and entropies (deltaS) of the interaction of water with a high and low temperature conformer of alpha-chymotrypsin were determined previously by multitemperature sorption measurements. The changes in (deltaH) and (deltaS) with water content of the protein were found to show a pronounced compensation pattern. It is known that van 't Hoff data may exhibit enthalpy-entropy compensation, which is entirely due to statistical error propagation. To discriminate between artifactual and significant compensation, the experimental results are analyzed by statistical methods. The results of two different statistical analyses show that a linear, chemically caused compensation effect can be established for the interaction of water with both chymotrypsin conformers. The compensation temperature beta = deltaH/deltaS was found to be 433 +/- 22 K. The compensation effect is detectable only in the water content range above the monolayer volume (upsilonm), computed by the Brunauer, Emmett and Teller equation. This result is discussed in terms of a monolayer hydration mechanism, formulated on the basis of previous thermodynamic results: The interaction of the first water monolayer with the charged and polar surface ...Continue Reading

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