Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
A computer program SAINT has been developed for the investigation of the structure and for the prediction of minimum-energy structure of polysaccharide-polysaccharide complexes. The energy minimization is carried out on internal geometrical parameters - namely bond angles, torsional angles, and five parameters describing the mutual orientations of polysaccharide chains. For this purpose, the nonderivative method of conjugated directions is used. This procedure was applied to computer modeling of an idealized model of the binary gelling κ-carrageenan and galactomannan system. It is shown that the interaction between two chains influences the structure of the individual polysaccharide molecule and that in the minimum-energy structures of the complex, the conformation of the chains does not correspond to the lowest energy.
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