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The Phosphate Group in Quantum Biochemistry

  • Alberte Pullman
  • Bernard Pullman

Abstract

The phosphate group represents one of the essential components of a large variety of biological molecules and polymers: polynucleotides and nucleic acids, phospholipid constitutents of membranes, energy-rich (and poor) phosphates, a number of coenzymes, etc. Its importance in these structures resides both in its intrinsic electronic and conformational properties and in the fact that this group is frequently a center of interaction with external agents such as water, cations, etc. The perception of its importance in quantum biology and in particular in problems relating to the stereo-chemistry of nucleic acids and replication has been subjacent in Löwdin’s work in this field. A more precise quantum mechanical knowledge of the properties of this group may be expected to stimulate further developments.

Keywords

Phosphate Group Hydration Shell Conformational Property Polar Head Anionic Oxygen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberte Pullman
    • 1
  • Bernard Pullman
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biochimie Théorique associé au C.N.R.S.Institut de Biologie Physico-ChimiqueParisFrance

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