The macromol. system where denaturation takes place, is considered from a mol. thermodn. point of view as a convolution of a grand canonical ensemble, gce and a canonical ensemble ce. The former corresponds to the solute, the latter to the solvent. The properties of this system can be represented by a convoluted partition function obtained by the product of a grand canonical partition function, and a canonical partition function. The process of denaturation seems to be related to the formation of a cage of water mols. around the denatured protein.
Molecular thermodynamics of the denaturation of lysozyme / A. Braibanti; E. Fisicaro. - In: THERMOCHIMICA ACTA. - ISSN 0040-6031. - 241(1994), pp. 131-156. [10.1016/0040-6031(94)]
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