An ab initio exploratory study on the conformational features of the dipeptide MeCO-Ala-Ala-NH-Me in its four different configurations: Determination of the behaviour of D-enantiomer amino acids within a peptide chain

Sonya U. Brijbassi, Michelle A. Sahai, David H. Setiadi, Gregory A. Chass, Botond Penke, Imre G. Csizmadia

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Abstract

Ab initio conformational studies at the RHF/3-21G level of theory were carried out for the dipeptide MeCO-Ala-Ala-NH-Me in its four different configurations (MeCO-L-Ala-L-Ala-NH-Me, MeCO-D-Ala-D-Ala-NH-Me, MeCO-L-Ala-D-Ala-NH-Me and MeCO-D-Ala-L-Ala-NH-Me). From this method the conformations for these dipeptides were found to be βLγL, βLγD, βLγD and βLγL, respectively. Patterns were investigated on Ramachandran maps to identify annihilated critical points among the four dipeptides to determine whether the D-enantiomer was in fact the 'mirror image' of the L-enantiomer dipeptide in addition to determining the role of the D-isomer in the peptide chain. The differences in energies for each conformation were also compared between the dipeptides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-301
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM
Volume666-667
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 29 2003

Keywords

  • Ab initio
  • D-Enantiomer
  • Dipeptides
  • L-Enantiomer
  • Protein folding
  • Ramachandran maps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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