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The program of round dichroism (CD) to varied difficulties regarding con­ formation of proteins and different biopolymers is emphasised during this revised and enlarged moment version. The usefulness of CD and ORD in assisting to resolve structural prob­ lems is verified by means of many examples, and the main crucial information are tabulated. the writer is essentially thankful to the editors of the sequence Molecular Biology, Bio­ chemistry and Biophysics, specifically to Professor GEORG F. SPRINGER, M.D., for his or her curiosity during this version, in addition to to the numerous reviewers for his or her positive feedback of the 1st version of this publication. Our formerly unpublished paintings stated during this moment version was once supported partly via supplies from the R. A. Welch origin (grant G-051) and U.S. Public health and wellbeing provider (grant CA-01785). Houston, September 1973 B. JIRGENSONS Preface to the 1st variation nice advances were made within the software of actual equipment within the learn of the constitution of proteins and different organic macromolecules. Optical rotatory dispersion has been profitable in fixing structural difficulties, and an enormous volume of literature has gathered in this topic. numerous evaluation articles seemed among 1961 and 1965, yet major growth has been made for the reason that 1965. vital new experiences, specifically at the Cotton results within the some distance ultraviolet spectrum, have rendered many past courses out of date in order that a concise monograph can be priceless at this time.

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G. DJERASSJ, BUNNENBERG, and ELDER, 1971). In this approach, it is important that MCD can be tremendously enhanced by using a very strong magnetic field. Thus the method is of great analytical value for detecting trace amounts of substances having characteristic MCD spectra. For instance, the method was used in an attempt to detect traces of porphyrins in moon dust; nothing was found and the absence of porphyrins was regarded as proof that living matter was unlikely to be present on the moon. The MCD spectra of proteins have more complex fine structure than those of the natural CD, but there is little progress in the interpretation of the MCD bands.

Problems were also encountered in obtaining a sufficiently monochromatic light, in stability of the light sources, and in precise determination of the extinction point. The last problem was the first to be solved, by adapting the method of symmetrical angles (RUDOLPH, 1955). The angle of rotation was not determined directly by finding the minimum deflection of the photometer, but by taking two analyzer readings at equal galvanometer deflections above and below the extinction, and averaging the two.

Table 2. 0 cm. (Compiled from many sources including our own determinations) Alcohol dehydrogenase, liver Alcohol dehydrogenase, yeast Aldolase, muscle iX-Amylase, B. 56 Complete compilations of absorbance data of proteins have been provided by (1970, 1972). KIRSCHENBAUM The attainable degree of precision in rotatory dispersion measurements depends on many factors aside from the quality of instrumentation. Of dominating importance are: the absorbance of the sample and the magnitude of the effect of optical activity.

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