STRUCTURE AND SURFACE PROPERTIES OF PROTEIN MONOLAYERS
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The role played by monomolecular films of proteins and other biological materials in supporting the metabolic functions of a living cell has become more fully recognized in recent years. Thus the relevance of a study of films of these materials in the laboratory in an effort to determine their method of formation, nature, and mode of action within the cell becomes obvious. As a brief introduction to this area of research a general review relating to the surface properties of proteins is presented. This includes discussion of the structure of protein molecules surface denaturation and associated entropy changes, the formation and physical characteristics of protein films, the mechanisms associated with film compression, and the intramolecular and intermoleculces of attraction and repulsion existing within the films.