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Indian journal of biochemistry & biophysics

Chromotropic character of bacterial acidic polysaccharides: Part II--Induction of metachromasy in cationic dye pinacyanol chloride by Klebsiella K10 capsular polysaccharide.


PMID 2777322

Abstract

The acidic capsular polysaccharide isolated from Klebsiella K10 exhibited chromotropic character with respect to induction of metachromasy in the cationic dye pinacyanol chloride (1-ethyl-2-[3-(1-ethyl-2(1H)-quinolylidene)propenyl]quinolinium chloride). Klebsiella K10 polymer consists of hexasaccharide repeating units containing one residue of glucuronic acid along with other neutral sugars in each repeating unit. It induces a metachromatic blue shift in the visible absorption spectrum of the dye from 600 nm to 500 nm. The spectral changes have been studied during interaction of the dye cations with the polyanions at different polymer/dye molar ratios. The polyanion-dye compounds are formed with polymer/dye stoichiometry of 1:1, indicating formation of stacking conformation. The complete reversal of polymer-induced metachromasy has also been observed by the addition of ethanol and urea.

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