Structure, stability, cooperativity and molecular packing of two major backbone forms: 310-helix and β-strand are investigated. Long models HCO-(Xxx)n-NH2 Xxx = Gly and (l-)Ala, n ≤ 34, are studied at two levels of theory including the effect of dispersion forces. Structure and folding preferences are established, the length modulated cooperativity and side-chain determined fold compactness is quantified. By monitoring ΔG°β→α rather than the electronic energy, ΔEβ→α, it appears that Ala is a much better helix forming residue than Gly. The achiral Gly forms a more compact 310-helix than any chiral amino acid residue probed here for l-Ala.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry