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Participation of non-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) residues in the 310 helical conformation of Aib-rich foldamers: a solid state study

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The solid state conformational preferences of a series of 2-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) foldamers bearing a single N-terminal tertiary amino acid (Cbz-L-phenylalanine (Cbz-L-Phe)) have been investigated by X-ray crystallography. The type of β-turn present at the N-terminus and the global screw-sense preferences of the Aib foldamers were determined by analysis of intramolecular hydrogen-bonds and peptide torsion angles. The contrasting influence of a C-terminal ester or amide on the 310 helical conformation of the foldamers was established by identifying the hydrogen-bonding motifs adopted in the solid state. The ability of non-Aib achiral quaternary residues in the middle of the chain to stabilise the 310 helix was similarly confirmed. Combining these structural features, which promote the formation of consecutive ii + 3 β-turns in Aib foldamers, permitted the formation of long chain oligomers in 310 helical conformations that extend over 21 Å.

Graphical abstract: Participation of non-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) residues in the 310 helical conformation of Aib-rich foldamers: a solid state study

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The article was received on 10 Sep 2014, accepted on 16 Dec 2014 and first published on 17 Dec 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4NJ01547A
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Citation: New J. Chem., 2015,39, 3288-3294
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    Participation of non-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) residues in the 310 helical conformation of Aib-rich foldamers: a solid state study

    S. J. Pike, T. Boddaert, J. Raftery, S. J. Webb and J. Clayden, New J. Chem., 2015, 39, 3288
    DOI: 10.1039/C4NJ01547A

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