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Amide rotation trajectories probed by symmetry

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Amide rotation of peptidyl–prolyl fragments is an important factor in backbone structure organization of proteins. Computational studies have indicated that this rotation preferentially proceeds through a defined transition-state structure (syn/exo). Here, we complement the computational findings by determining the amide bond rotation barriers for derivatives of the two symmetric proline analogues, meso and racemic pyrrolidine-2,5-dicarboxylic acids. The rotations around these residues represent syn/exosyn/exo and anti/endosyn/exo hybrid transition states for the meso and racemic diastereomer, respectively. The rotation barriers are lower for the former rotation by about 9 kJ mol−1 (aqueous medium), suggesting a strong preference for the syn/exo (clockwise) rotation over the anti/endo (anticlockwise) rotation. The results show that both hybrid rotation processes are enthalpically driven but respond differently to solvent polarity changes due to the different transition state dipole–dipole interactions.

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The article was received on 12 Jun 2017, accepted on 22 Jul 2017 and first published on 24 Jul 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7OB01421J
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017,15, 6764-6772
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    Amide rotation trajectories probed by symmetry

    V. Kubyshkin and N. Budisa, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 6764
    DOI: 10.1039/C7OB01421J

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