How do proteins adsorb at water/oil interfaces? The example of a bacterial hydrophobin

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

How do proteins adsorb at water/oil interfaces? The example of a bacterial hydrophobin

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 28th April 2014
  • Speaker: Giovanni Brandani (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

We investigate the mechanism of surface activity of the protein BslA via molecular dynamics simulations. This surfactant protein provides the first example of a bacterial hydrophobin, crucial for the formation of a hydrophobic film around Bacillus subtilis biofilms. Free energy calculations enable us to quantify the effect of mutations on the surface activity, and they suggest that the protein might undergo a conformational change upon adsorption. Finally, using a simple model of a Janus colloidal particle, we characterise the different forces that control the adsorption and the equilibrium orientation at the interface.

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