By G. C. Barrett

This article is meant for undergraduate and starting graduate scholars in chemistry and biochemistry learning amino acids and peptides. The authors be aware of amino acids and peptides with no distinctive discussions of proteins, whereas giving the entire crucial historical past chemistry, together with series choice, synthesis and spectroscopic equipment. The strategy is meant to motivate the reader to go classical obstacles whereas gaining an figuring out of protein habit on a molecular point. The publication comprises chapters at the organic roles of amino acids, in addition to a piece on enzyme-catalyzed synthesis of peptides, with compatible examples, a space usually ignored in texts describing peptide synthesis. this contemporary textual content could be of price within the amino acid, peptide and protein box, to complex undergraduates, graduate scholars and learn staff.

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6 Circular dichroism Chromophores in chiral environments generate circular dichroism (CD) as a consequence of the absorption of light. 1. 3 (␣-helix) and (- - - ) in aqueous solution at pH 11 (random conformation). 1). The simplest CD spectrometers display the main features for the side-chains of coded aromatic ␣-amino acids, for example, since these features are within the easily accessible UV wavelength range. However, the additional CD data obtained for peptides and proteins by penetration to shorter wavelengths (␭ Ͻ200 nm) calls for more sophisticated instrumentation and interpretations described later in this chapter would not have been possible without this penetration.

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Rev. , 65, 83. Sutton, C. , Baize, M. W. and Todd, L. J. (1993) Inorg. , 33, 4221. 1 Introduction: the main conformational features of amino acids and peptides This topic has been thoroughly developed insofar as the conformational behaviour of amino acids and peptides in aqueous solutions is concerned. The main driving force for conformational studies has been the pharmaceutical interest in the interactions of biologically active amino acids and peptides with tissue, particularly with cell receptors.

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