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The crystal structure of the tripeptide Boc-Leu-Dpg-Val-OMe (Dpg, alpha, alpha -di-n-propylglycine) reveals the coexistence of two distinct backbone conformations. In molecule A the Dpg residue adopts a fully extended conformation (phi = 76.0 degrees, psi = 180.0 degrees) while in molecule B a left handed helical conformation (phi = 62.8 degrees, psi = 39.6 degrees) is observed. Molecule B adopts a folded structure corresponding to a highly distorted Type II beta-turn conformation, which lacks an intramolecular 4 -> 1 hydrogen bond. In contrast, molecule A has an open, extended conformation. The results demonstrate that both fully extended and helical conformations are energetically accessible to the Dpg residue.


S Prasad, S Mitra, E Subramanian, D Velmurugan, R B Rao, P Balaram. Coexistence of folded and extended conformations of a tripeptide containing alpha, alpha -di-n-propylglycine in crystals. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 1994 Jan 28;198(2):424-30

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