In this paper, we perform computer simulation of two lysine-based dendrimers with Lys-2Lys and Lys-2Gly repeating units. These dendrimers were recently studied experimentally by NMR (Sci. Reports, 2018, 8, 8916) and tested as carriers for gene delivery (Bioorg. Chem., 2020, 95, 103504). Simulation was performed by molecular dynamics method in a wide range of temperatures. We have shown that the Lys-2Lys dendrimer has a larger size but smaller fluctuations as well as lower internal density in comparison with the Lys-2Gly dendrimer. The Lys-2Lys dendrimer has larger charge but counterions form more ion pairs with its NH +3 groups and reduce the bare charge and zeta potential of the first dendrimer more strongly. It was demonstrated that these differences between dendrimers are due to the lower flexibility and the larger charge (+2) of each 2Lys spacers in comparison with 2Gly ones. The terminal CH 2 groups in both dendrimers move faster than the inner CH 2 groups. The calculated temperature dependencies of the spin-lattice relaxation times of these groups for both dendrimers are in a good agreement with the experimental results obtained by NMR.
|Translated title of the contribution||Сравнение структуры и локальной динамики двух пептидных дендримеров с одинаковой основной цепью, но с разными боковыми группами в спейсерах|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Jul 2020|