Title

Energies of Polypeptides: Theoretical Conformational Study of Polyglycine Using Quantum Mechanical Partitioning

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Publication Date

5-1978

Publisher

National Academy of Sciences

Volume

75

Issue

5

First Page

2071

Last Page

2075

Abstract

A method is developed for evaluating the total energy of polypeptides based on a combination of quantum mechanical and empirical potentials. Adjacent and nonadjacent peptide units are allowed to interact through these respective means. Our hybrid procedure is applied to a study of polyglycine and compared to the results obtained by the method of Scheraga and coworkers. We find the alpha helical conformation of a single strand of polyglycine to be most stable in vacuo. Other less-stable configurations include the 310 helix, the 27 ribbon structure, and the fully extended conformation