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Conformational analysis of helical aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) oligomers bearing C-terminal ester Schellman motifs

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The effect of Schellman motifs on the adoption of stable 310 helical conformations in a series of aminoisobutyric (Aib) oligomers has been studied in the solid state and solution. The destabilising effect of the Schellman motif (a local inversion of helical screw-sense due to a C-terminal ester residue) was quantified in the solid state using X-ray crystallography through analysis of the torsion angles and their deviation from those observed in an ideal 310 helix. Investigation of the intramolecular hydrogen-bonding interactions in the solid state led to the identification of a fully extended C5 conformation in one oligomer, which is a novel folding motif for Aib oligomers. The effect of ester groups with differing steric demands on intermolecular hydrogen-bonding contacts in the solid state was also ascertained. In solution, the adoption of a 310 conformation in Aib oligomers appeared to be more finely tuned, depending on a number of factors, including chain length and the steric demands of the C-terminal destabilising Schellman motif.

Graphical abstract: Conformational analysis of helical aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) oligomers bearing C-terminal ester Schellman motifs

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The article was received on 05 Feb 2014, accepted on 29 Apr 2014 and first published on 29 Apr 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4OB00268G
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014,12, 4124-4131
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    Conformational analysis of helical aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) oligomers bearing C-terminal ester Schellman motifs

    S. J. Pike, J. Raftery, S. J. Webb and J. Clayden, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014, 12, 4124
    DOI: 10.1039/C4OB00268G

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