The structure of the gas-phase tyrosine-glycine-glycine tripeptide

Dimitrios Toroz, Tanja Van Mourik

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Abstract

The structure of the neutral gas-phase tripeptide Tyr-Gly-Gly has been investigated using different strategies that employ a hierarchy of electronic structure theory (single-point HF/3-21G* energy calculation, HF/3-21G* geometry optimization, B3LYP/6-31+G* geometry optimization and MP2/6-31+G* single-point energy calculation). All 20 most stable conformers according to the single-point MP2 calculations adopt a folded structure. In the most stable structure found the C-terminal carboxylic acid group interacts with both the carboxyl C=O of glycine (2) and the tyrosine OH (forming an OH (.) (.) (.) O=C-OH (.) (.) (.) O=C hydrogen-bonding chain), with an additional NH (.) (.) (.) N interaction involving the NH of glycine (2) and the N-terminal amino group. Harmonic vibrational frequencies (N-H, C-H and C=O stretch frequencies and NH and OH in-plane bending frequencies) are reported to aid future spectroscopic studies on this peptide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-220
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Physics
Volume105
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • DOUBLE-RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY
  • PLESSET PERTURBATION-THEORY
  • SHEET MODEL SYSTEM
  • ACID BASE-PAIRS
  • SECONDARY STRUCTURES
  • PEPTIDE CHAINS
  • AB-INITIO
  • ELECTRON CORRELATION
  • LASER SPECTROSCOPY
  • BETA-TURNS

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