Quantitating Amino Acid β-Strand Preferences, Turn Propensities and Cross-Strand Interactions in a Designed Hairpin Peptide

  • Kelly N. Huggins
  • Niels H. Andersen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (volume 611)


Beta-hairpins have gained popularity in many research groups as simple models for β sheets. The present study focuses on optimizing β-hairpin peptide sequences, quantitating residue β propensities, and determining the energetic contributions from cross-strand interactions. Studies began with the 16-residue peptide (MrH4 = KKLTVSIXGKKITVSA). In our nomenclature the turn locus residues are designated as T1 and T2 with strand positions numbered S±# based on how far residues are before or after the turn site. The sites probed in the present study are the S±2 and S±4 strand sites and the T1and T2 turn sites. These are shown below.


Indole Ring Energetic Contribution Backbone Chemical Shift Ring Current Effect Turn Propensity 
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The work was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly N. Huggins
    • 1
  • Niels H. Andersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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