Local Effect of Glycine Substitution in a Model Helical Peptide

Pingchiang C. Lyu, Ping Chuan Wang, Mark I. Liff, Neville R. Kallenbach

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The amino acid glycine strongly destabilizes α-helical structure in proteins as well as in model helical peptides. We have investigated the role of a single glycine substitution in a helical host peptide system. Quantitatively, a single glycine → leucine substitution has about one-third of the effect on the stability of helix as does triple substitution of these residues in the middle of the helix. The single glycine perturbs the distribution of helix in the peptide. NMR experiments detect a strong local drop in helix structure at the residues flanking the site of substitution, in addition to overall loss in helicity of the peptide seen at all positions in the chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3568-3572
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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