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Article Dans Une Revue International Journal of Biological Macromolecules Année : 2018

Specific binding of trivalent metal ions to λ -carrageenan


Carrageenans are a family of sulphated cell wall polysaccharides extracted from seaweeds and are widely used in different industrial sectors. Relative to kappa-carrageenan (kappa-car) and iota-carrageenan (iota-car), the ionic binding behavior of lambda-carrageenan (lambda-car) is far less studied. In this work, the interaction and binding behavior between lambda-car and metal ions of different valency (Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, Al3+, Cr3+) have been investigated. In contrast to the non-specific interaction of the monovalent and divalent cations, specific binding has been identified between lambda-car and Fe3+/Al3+. The specific binding could lead to either precipitation or gelation of lambda-car, depending on the way of introducing Fe3+/Al3+ ions. Fe3+ and Al3+ exhibit the same binding stoichiometry of [M3+]/[repeating unit] = 1.0, with the former having a relatively larger binding constant. Cr3+, though having very similar physical properties with Fe3+/Al3+, is incapable of binding specifically to Cr3+. The phenomena could not be interpreted in terms of counterion condensation, and are rather attributable to a mechanism in which hexa-coordination of Fe3+/Al3+ and entropy-driven cation dehydration play crucial roles in driving the binding of the trivalent metal ions to lambda-car.
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hal-01690195 , version 1 (22-01-2018)



Yiping Cao, Shugang Li, Yapeng Fang, Katsuyoshi Nishinari, Glyn Phillips, et al.. Specific binding of trivalent metal ions to λ -carrageenan. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2018, 109, pp.350 - 356. ⟨10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.12.095⟩. ⟨hal-01690195⟩
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