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Structure of the Anti-C60 Fullerene Antibody Fab Fragment: Structural Determinants of Fullerene Binding
Journal Contribution - Journal Article
The structure of the anti-C60 fullerene antibody Fab fragment (FabC60) was solved by X-ray crystallography. The computer-aided docking of C60 into the antigen-binding pocket of FabC60 showed that binding of C60 to FabC60 is governed by the enthalpy and entropy; namely, by π-π stacking interactions with aromatic residues of the antigen-binding site and reduction of the solvent-accessible area of the hydrophobic surface of C60. A fragment of the mobile CDR H3 loop located on the surface of FabC60 interferes with C60 binding in the antigen-binding site, thereby resulting in low antibody affinity for C60. The structure of apo-FabC60 has been deposited with pdbid 6H3H.
Journal: Acta Naturae
Pages: 58 - 65
Number of pages: 8