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Folding peptides studied by NMR

The relevance of the relative configuration in the folding of hybrid peptides containing β-cyclobutane amino acids and γ-amino-L-proline residues

O. Illa, J.A. Olivares, P. Nolis, R.M. Ortuño

DOI: 10.1016/j.tet.2017.09.011

Four new series of diastereomeric β,γ-di- and β,γ-tetrapeptides derived from conveniently protected (1R,2S)- and (1S,2S)-2-aminocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid and cis- and trans-γ-amino-l-proline joined in alternation have been synthesized. High resolution NMR experiments show that peptides containing trans-cyclobutane amino acid residues adopt a more folded structure in solution than those containing a cis-cyclobutane residue, which adopt a strand-like structure. The cis/trans relative configuration of the cyclobutane residue is the origin of the folding pattern of each peptide due to either intra- or inter-residue hydrogen-bonded ring formation, whereas the cis/trans isomerism of the γ-amino-l-proline residue does not have a significantly relevant role on the folding ability of these peptides.

Gelation process followed by NMR

Journal cover: Organic & Biomolecular ChemistryLow-molecular-weight gelators consisting of hybrid cyclobutane-based peptides, by Sergi Celis, Pau Nolis, Ona Illa, Vicenç Branchadell, Rosa M. Ortuño, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 2013, 11, 2839 DOI: 10.1039/c3ob27347d

Some hybrid tetrapeptides consisting of (1R,2S)-2-aminocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid and glycine, β-alanine, or γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) joined in alternation, compounds 1–3, respectively, have been investigated to gain information on the non-covalent interactions responsible for their self-assembly to form ordered aggregates, as well as on parameters such as their morphology and size. All three peptides formed nice gels in many organic solvents and significant difference in their behaviour was not observed. Continue reading Gelation process followed by NMR

Chiral secondary structure in β-peptides determined by NMR

“Secondary Structure of Short β-Peptides as the Chiral Expression of Monomeric Building Units: a Rational and Predictive Model”Esther Gorrea, Gabor Pohl, Pau Nolis, Sergio Celis, Kepa K Burusco, Vicenç Branchadell, András Perczel, and Rosa M. Ortuño. Journal Of Organic Chemistry. ACCEPTED 2012 DOI: 10.1021/jo302034b

Chirality of the monomeric residues controls and determines the prevalent folding of small oligopeptides (from di- to tetramers) composed of the 2-aminocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid (ACBA) derivatives with the same or different absolute and relative configuration. The cis-form of the monomeric ACBA gives rise to two conformers, namely Z6 and Z8, while the trans-form manifests uniquely as an H8 structure.  Continue reading Chiral secondary structure in β-peptides determined by NMR

Designing hybrid foldamers

“Designing hybrid foldamers: The effect on the peptide conformational bias of beta- versus alpha- and gamma-linear residues in alternation with (1R,2S)-2-aminocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid” Sergi Celis, Esther Gorrea, Pau Nolis, Ona Illa, Rosa Maria Ortuño. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Volume 10, Pages 861-868, October 2011 DOI: 10.1039/C1OB06575K

Several oligomers constructed with (1R,2S)-2-aminocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid and glycine, beta-alanine, and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), respectively, joined in alternation have been synthesized and studied by means of NMR and CD experiments as well as with computational calculations. Continue reading Designing hybrid foldamers