Self-association-driven transition of the β-peptidic H12 helix to the H18 helix

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Various patterns of foldameric oligomers formed by trans-ABHC ((1S,2S,3S,5S)-2-amino-6,6-dimethylbicyclo[3.3.1]heptane-3-carboxylic acid) and β 3-hSer residues were studied. NMR, ECD and molecular modelling demonstrated that octameric and nonameric sequences with multiple i-i+3 ABHC pair repulsions attain the β-H18 helix in CD 3OH. As a close relative of the α-helix, this helix type is stabilized by i-i+4 backbone H-bond interactions. The formation of the β-H18 helix was found to be solvent- and concentration-dependent. Upon dilution, the β-H18 → β-H12 helix transition was revealed by concentration-dependent ECD, DOSY-NMR and TEM measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 14 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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