The energetics of weak interactions (van der Waals forces, hydrogen bonding) are difficult to quantify in biological ligand-receptor pairs. Insight into the biochemical role these forces play is critical to an understanding of signal transduction events and the drug discovery process. Ruthenium pentaammine and iron tetracyano complexes modified with either biotin or desthiobiotin have been synthesized and characterized. These modified biological ligands bind to the protein avidin in a manner similar to that of native biotin. Experiments using redox mediators show that the avidin-bound complexes are electrochemically accessible.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry