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Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1533-1553; doi:10.3390/polym3031533

NMR Studies and Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Synthetic Dendritic Antigens

1 Research Laboratory, IMABIS Foundation-Carlos Haya Hospital, 29009-Malaga, Spain 2 Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malaga, 29071-Malaga, Spain
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Received: 19 August 2011 / Revised: 30 August 2011 / Accepted: 9 September 2011 / Published: 13 September 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers)
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A series of synthetic benzylpenicillinoylated dendrimers has been prepared using up to 4th generation PAMAM dendrimers. These nanoconjugates, as nanosized Dendritic Antigens, are useful in the diagnostic evaluation of drug allergy due to specific molecular recognition with the Human Immunological System (IgE). The morphology and dimensions of the conjugates coupled to the orientation of the peripheral benzylpenicillin residues in the dendrimers may play key roles in such molecular recognition processes. Herein, the characterization and conformation of these structures are studied by a detailed analysis of 1D (1H and 13C NMR) and 2D NMR (1H,1H-NOESY) spectra. These dendrimers in explicit solvent were studied by the atomistic forcefield-based molecular dynamics. Structural properties such as shape, radius-of-gyration and distribution of the monomers will be discussed in relation to the experimental observations.
Keywords: dendritic antigens; NMR studies; molecular dynamics dendritic antigens; NMR studies; molecular dynamics
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Montañez, M.I.; Najera, F.; Perez-Inestrosa, E. NMR Studies and Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Synthetic Dendritic Antigens. Polymers 2011, 3, 1533-1553.

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