Liposome-induced conformational changes of an epitopic peptide and its palmitoylated derivative of influenza virus hemagglutinin

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The conformation of synthetic HA317-329-NH2 representing the major B- and T-cell epitopic region of influenza virus hemagglutinin, its palmitoylated derivative (HA317-329-Thr(Pal)-NH2), and the intersubunit peptide (HA317-341-NH2) comprising also the fusion peptide, were studied in aqueous buffer and in the presence of neutral and negatively charged liposomes. The free peptide is unordered in aqueous solution, even in the presence of liposomes. However, grafting the palmitic acid or the fusion peptide onto the C-terminus of the peptide enables the hydrophilic HA317-329 to adopt folded (turn) and β-strand structure on the surface of neutral and negatively charged liposomes, respectively. The results emphasize the importance of some kind of anchor for achieving a specific conformation of epitopic peptide HA317-329-NH2 on the surface of liposomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 10 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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