β-casein adsorption at the hydrophobized silicon oxide-aqueous solution interface and the effect at added electrolyte

T. Nylander, F. Tiberg, T. J. Su, J. R. Lu, R. K. Thomas

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Abstract

The effect of the presence of NaCl, CaCl2, or MgCl2 at the same ionic strength on the structure of β-casein layers adsorbed on hydrophobic surfaces has been investigated by neutron reflectivity measurements. The data were fitted to a four-layer model. The volume fraction versus distance profiles have a similar shape whether β-casein is adsorbed from NaCl, CaCl2, and MgCl2 of the same ionic strength or whether the protein concentration is lowered 10 times. In particular at larger distances from the surface, the volume fraction values are low and similar. However, close to the hydrophobic surface the volume fraction of protein decreases in the order CaCl2 > MgCl2 > NaCl. We have also used a specific proteolytic enzyme, endoproteinase Asp-N, which cleaves off the hydrophilic part of β-casein, as a tool to reveal the interfacial structure of the protein. For all the different types of added electrolytes, endoproteinase Asp N only affects the outermost β-casein layer. Subsequent addition of β-casein in all cases led to large increases in amounts adsorbed and in the thickness of the outer layers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-287
Number of pages10
JournalBiomacromolecules
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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