Slightly Bizarre Protein Chemistry

Urea-Formaldehyde Resin from a Biochemical Perspective

A. Dunker, William E. John, Richard Rammon, Barry Farmer, Susan J. Johns

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Abstract

A linear urea-formaldehyde polymer and a glycine polypeptide have a significant degree of chemical similarity. The low solubility of fibrous proteins, the planarity of the peptide bond, the existence of hydrogen-bonded structures such as a-helices and β-sheets when considered together, suggest new possibilities for interpreting the structure of the urea-formaldehyde polymer. These new possibilities could provide a chemical explanation for urea-formaldehyde solids based on colloidal substructure as has been proposed recently. X-ray diffraction patterns from urea-formaldehyde resins, reported here for the first time, as well as laser Raman spectra, lend support to the proposal that UF resins may contain protein-like colloidal regions of semicrystalline nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-176
Number of pages24
JournalThe Journal of Adhesion
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Peptides
Polypeptides
Glycine
Diffraction patterns
Raman scattering
Amino acids
Hydrogen
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polymers

Keywords

  • Alpha-helix
  • Beta-sheet
  • Biochemical perspective
  • Colloidal structure
  • Protein-like structure
  • Urea-formaldehyde polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Slightly Bizarre Protein Chemistry : Urea-Formaldehyde Resin from a Biochemical Perspective. / Dunker, A.; John, William E.; Rammon, Richard; Farmer, Barry; Johns, Susan J.

In: The Journal of Adhesion, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1986, p. 153-176.

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Dunker, A. ; John, William E. ; Rammon, Richard ; Farmer, Barry ; Johns, Susan J. / Slightly Bizarre Protein Chemistry : Urea-Formaldehyde Resin from a Biochemical Perspective. In: The Journal of Adhesion. 1986 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 153-176.
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