physics letters A, ( ISI ), Volume (380), No (24), Year (2016-4) , Pages (2090-2097)

Title : ( Exploring the sensitivity of ZnO nanotubes to tyrosine nitration: ADFT approach )

Authors: pari sadat maddahi , Nasser Shahtahmassebi , Mahmood Rezaee Roknabadi , Fatemeh Moosavi ,

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Due to association of protein tyrosine nitration (PTN) with development of some serious human disorders and diseases, in this paper, the possible applications of ZnO-based nanobiosensors in nitrated tyrosine (nTyr) detection were explored within the density functional framework. With this motivation, the interaction of nTyr with ZnO single walled nanotubes via all possible active sites of nTyr was investigated. The results show the tendency of nTyr to interact through its nitro site (forming nitro-site configuration) with ZnO SWNTs as it has the highest binding energy; while, the charge–solvent configuration involving the interaction of nTyr's phenolic ring has the second place in terms of binding energy magnitude. Regardless of which active site contributes in interaction, the binding energies exhibit an ascending trend with decrease of SWNTs' curvature. Electronic properties analysis indicates that nTyr interaction via its nitro group results in formation of some flat bands inside the band gap region leading to significant reduction of overall band gap energy. Similar behavior is also observed in charge–solvent configuration but the band gap energy is larger. These red shifts are mainly attributed to contribution of 2p orbitals of species present in nTyr. Also, the hybridization of 3d orbital of Zn atom with 2p orbitals of nitro group atomic species is found responsible for bonding formation in bioconjugated system possessing the highest binding energy. Comparison of the electronic band structure of ZnO SWNT–Tyr with that of ZnO SWNT–nTyr indicates the sensitivity of ZnO SWNTs toward tyrosine nitration hence, a considerable change in its optical spectra is expectable. This introduces ZnO SWNTs as a promising candidate for PTN detection.


ZnO nanotube; Protein tyrosine nitration; DFT calculation; Biosensing
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author = {Maddahi, Pari Sadat and Shahtahmassebi, Nasser and Rezaee Roknabadi, Mahmood and Moosavi, Fatemeh},
title = {Exploring the sensitivity of ZnO nanotubes to tyrosine nitration: ADFT approach},
journal = {physics letters A},
year = {2016},
volume = {380},
number = {24},
month = {April},
issn = {0375-9601},
pages = {2090--2097},
numpages = {7},
keywords = {ZnO nanotube; Protein tyrosine nitration; DFT calculation; Biosensing},


%0 Journal Article
%T Exploring the sensitivity of ZnO nanotubes to tyrosine nitration: ADFT approach
%A Maddahi, Pari Sadat
%A Shahtahmassebi, Nasser
%A Rezaee Roknabadi, Mahmood
%A Moosavi, Fatemeh
%J physics letters A
%@ 0375-9601
%D 2016