Non-equivalence of d- and l-trehalose in stabilising alkaline phosphatase against freeze-drying and thermal stress. Is chiral recognition involved?

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Comparison of the ability of the enantiomeric forms of trehalose to stabilise alkaline phosphatase towards dehydration and heat showed that natural d-trehalose is superior to l-trehalose, although both disaccharides provide some protection for the enzyme. The result of this novel experiment suggests a chiral differentiation between carbohydrate and protein and thus lends support for the water replacement hypothesis of solute-based stabilisation of biomolecules, but the non-crystallinity and the physical form of the l-isomer may also be a key factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-706
Number of pages5
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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