The binding and photochirogenic behaviour of 2-anthracenecarboxylate (AC) with human serum albumin (HSA) have hitherto been investigated and comprehended as time-averaged statistical events by spectroscopic examinations and product analyses. In this study, we employed a diffracted X-ray tracking (DXT) technique to visualize the single-molecular dynamics of free and AC-loaded HSA (AC:HSA = 0, 1, 5 and 10), as well as the AC-HSA complex under photoirradiation, all of which were tethered to gold nanocrystals and hence traceable in real time by DXT. This enabled us to draw a more dynamic picture of the bio-supramolecular photochirogenesis at a single-molecule resolution, detailing the softening and flexibility enhancement of HSA upon binding of ACs to its inter-subdomain IIA-IIB site and the dynamic extrusion of AC dimers produced upon photoirradiation.
- Visualization of high speed photoreaction fast and high resolution measurements single molecule measurements photochirogenesis asymmetric catalyst
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry