Himal K Ganguly

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Although weak interactions play subtle but important roles in dictating protein structures, their experimental detection is nontrivial. From NOE experiments we provide direct evidence for the presence of CH···π interaction, operational between the C(α)-H of the first Pro and the aromatic (Aro) side chain of Xaa, in a peptide series with the general sequence(More)
Compared to generic peptide bonds, the peptidyl-prolyl bond shows a strong propensity for the cis conformer. The presence of a sequence-contiguous aromatic (Aro) residue can further stabilize the cis conformer, as observed for the Aro-Pro motif. The cis propensity of the reverse sequence motif, Pro-Aro, is not so well understood, especially the effect of(More)
Helix N-capping motifs often form hydrogen bonds with terminal amide groups which otherwise would be free. Also, without an amide hydrogen, proline (trans) is over-represented at helix N-termini (N1 position) because this naturally removes the need to hydrogen bond one terminal amide. However, the preference of cisPro, vis-à-vis helix N-termini, is not(More)
Bioorthogonal reactions allow the introduction of new functionalities into peptides, proteins, and other biological molecules. The most readily accessible amino acids for bioorthogonal reactions have modest conformational preferences or bases for molecular interactions. Herein we describe the synthesis of 4 novel amino acids containing functional groups for(More)
Thiols can engage favorably with aromatic rings in S-H/π interactions, within abiological systems and within proteins. However, the underlying bases for S-H/π interactions are not well understood. The crystal structure of Boc-l-4-thiolphenylalanine tert-butyl ester revealed crystal organization centered on the interaction of the thiol S-H with the aromatic(More)
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