Global hydrodynamic analysis of the molecular flexibility of galactomannans

Gordon A. Morris, Trushar R. Patel, David R. Picout, Simon B. Ross-Murphy, Alvaro Ortega, Jose Garcia de la Torre, Stephen E. Harding

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In the past, intrinsic viscosity and sedimentation velocity analyses have been used separately to assess the conformation and flexibility of guar and locust bean gum galactomannans based on worm-like chain and semi-flexible coil models. Publication of a new global method combining data sets of both intrinsic viscosity and sedimentation coefficient with molecular weight, and minimising a target (error) function now permits a more robust analysis. Using this approach, values for the persistence length of (10 ± 2) nm for guar and (7 ± 1) nm for locust bean gum are returned if the mass per unit length ML is floated as a variable. Using a fixed mass per unit length based on the known compositional data of each galactomannan yields a similar value for Lp in both cases, (8 ± 1) nm for guar and (9 ± 1) nm for locust bean gum, with combined set of data yielding (9 ± 1) nm: within experimental error the flexibilities of both galactomannans are very similar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-360
Number of pages5
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Issue number2
Early online date29 Aug 2007
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2008
Externally publishedYes


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