restrained molecular dynamics
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The cyclic octapeptide cyclo[-Pro1-Pro-Phe-Phe-Ac6c-Ile-ala-Val8-] [C8-Ac6c], containing the Pro1-Pro-Phe-Phe sequence, followed by a bulky helicogenic Cα,α-dialkylated glycine residue Ac6c (1-aminocyclohexane-1-carboxylic acid), and a D-Ala residue at position 7 has been synthesized. This cyclic peptide is a deletion analogue of the naturally occurring cyclic nonapeptide cyclolinopeptide A (CLA). It has been designed with the aim of studying the role that the Ac6c and D-Ala residues play on the conformational behaviour of the whole molecule and their influence on the conformation of the Pro1-Pro-Phe-Phe sequence when compared with cyclolinopeptide A.C8Ac6c has been investigated in chloroform and acetonitrile solutions by 2D NMR techniques. Only one set of sharp signals is observed in both solvents. This evidence strongly supports the hypothesis that only one conformational state exists in the chosen solvents. The interpretation of the experimental data points to the existence for C8-Ac6c of a very rigid structure stabilized by intramolecular hydrogen bonds. The measured NOE effects allow the calculation of internuclear distances, which have been used as restraints in molecular dynamic calculations. The proposed conformation of the molecule shows that the Pro-Pro-Phe segment retains the conformation observed in natural CLA both in solution and in the solid state and that the Ac6c residue indeed reinforces the ring rigidity not permitting the formation of any appropriate cavity in which inorganic cations could be complexed.
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