Ajit Chand Kunwar

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In this study we describe the development of peptidomimetic analogs of the potent vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor binding inhibitor, Leu(1) -Met(2) -Tyr(3) -Pro(4) -Thr(5) -Tyr(6) -Leu(7) -Lys(8) -OH 1, by incorporating furanoid sugar amino acids (SAAs) 2-4 into the molecule. The furanoid SAAs 2-4 were used as dipeptide isosteres to replace Tyr(3)(More)
The concept of "hybrid helices" as a new motif for foldamers is presented. Hybrid helices can be realized by a combination of two or more different types of homologous and hybrid peptides, for example, beta-peptides and alpha/beta- and alpha/gamma-hybrid peptides, within the same oligomer. The different helix types of the various peptide foldamer classes(More)
We have investigated the deuterium (2H) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of two 2H-labeled fluorescence probes (trans,trans,trans-1,6-diphenylhexa-1,3,5-trienes, DPHs) incorporated into model lipid bilayer membrane systems at various temperatures. The membranes consisted of multilamellar bilayers of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC)(More)
A cis-proline derived cyclic mimic of a type VI beta-turn is synthesized via a ring-closing metathesis reaction. The solution NMR conformational study indicates that the major conformer of the cyclic peptide adopts a type VIa beta-turn in CDCl(3) and a type VIb beta-turn in DMSO-d(6).
An acyclic tripeptide based on a heterochiral D-pro-L-pro template shows a propensity to exist as a 3(10) helical conformation and can be cyclized, via ring-closing metathesis, to the corresponding cyclic tetrapeptides without disrupting the helical conformations in CDCl(3) as well as in DMSO-d(6) solutions. The detailed conformational studies were carried(More)
A novel family of hairpin cyclic peptides has been designed on the basis of the use of norbornene units as the bridging ligands. The design is flexible with respect to the choice of an amino acid, the ring size, and the nature of the second bridging ligand as illustrated here with the preparation of a large number of norborneno cyclic peptides containing a(More)
Hybrid peptides are prepared from a C-linked carbo-beta-amino acid ester (R-beta-Caa) and an alpha-aminoxy acid (R-Ama) derived from S-lactic acid. Extensive NMR (in CDCl 3 solution), CD, and MD studies on the tetra- and hexapeptides led to identification of robust 12/10-mixed helices. The dipeptide repeat having an R-beta-Caa and an R-Ama thus provides a(More)
New C-linked carbo-beta-amino acids (beta-Caas), Cbz-(S)-beta-Caa-(NHBoc)-OMe (1) and Cbz-(R)-beta-Caa-(NHBoc)-OMe (2), with an additional amine group (methylamino group of NHBoc) at the C-1 position of the lyxofuranoside side chain and Boc-(S)-beta-Caa-(diFP)-OMe (3) and Boc-(R)-beta-Caa-(diFP)-OMe (4), with a C-difluorophenyl (diFP) moiety at the anomeric(More)