Prashant Girinath

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Ion-pairing interactions are important for protein stabilization. Despite the apparent electrostatic nature of these interactions, natural positively charged amino acids Lys and Arg have multiple methylenes linking the charged functionality to the backbone. Interestingly, the amino acids Lys and Orn have positively charged side chains that differ by only(More)
Arginine (Arg) has been used for recognizing negatively charged biological molecules, cell penetration, and oligosaccharide mass signal enhancement. The versatility of Arg has inspired the need to develop Arg analogs and to research the structural effects of incorporating Arg analogs. Accordingly, we investigated the effect of Arg side chain length on helix(More)
Helix-coil equilibrium studies are important for understanding helix formation in protein folding, and for helical foldamer design. The quantitative description of a helix using statistical mechanical models is based on experimentally derived helix propensities and the assumption that helix propensity is position-independent. To investigate this assumption,(More)
Ion pairing interactions between oppositely charged amino acids are important for protein structure stability. Despite the apparent electrostatic nature of these interactions, the charged amino acids Lys, Arg, Glu, and Asp have a different number of hydrophobic methylenes linking the charged functionality to the backbone. To investigate the effect of Glu(More)
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