We show in this paper that in the presence of Zn ions a peculiar structural aggregation pattern of beta-amyloid peptides in which metal ions are sequentially coordinated to either three or four histidines of nearby peptides is favored. To stabilize this configuration a deprotonated imidazole ring from one of the histidines forms a bridge connecting two adjacent Zn ions. Though present in zeolite imidazolate frameworks, remarkably in biological compounds this peculiar Zn-imidazolate-Zn topology is only found in enzymes belonging to the Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase family in the form of an imidazolate bridging Cu and Zn. The results we present are obtained by combining X-ray absorption spectroscopy experimental data with detailed first-principle molecular dynamics simulations.

A study of Zn induced structural aggregation patterns of beta-amyloid peptides by ab-initio simulations and XAS measurements

GIANNOZZI, Paolo;
2012

Abstract

We show in this paper that in the presence of Zn ions a peculiar structural aggregation pattern of beta-amyloid peptides in which metal ions are sequentially coordinated to either three or four histidines of nearby peptides is favored. To stabilize this configuration a deprotonated imidazole ring from one of the histidines forms a bridge connecting two adjacent Zn ions. Though present in zeolite imidazolate frameworks, remarkably in biological compounds this peculiar Zn-imidazolate-Zn topology is only found in enzymes belonging to the Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase family in the form of an imidazolate bridging Cu and Zn. The results we present are obtained by combining X-ray absorption spectroscopy experimental data with detailed first-principle molecular dynamics simulations.
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