(i, i + 4) Ion pairs stabilize helical peptides derived from smooth muscle caldesmon.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The central region of smooth muscle caldesmon contains 10 repeats of a 13-amino-acid residue motif that is rich in charged side chains. This region has been predicted to have a strong alpha-helical propensity, and the helical structure was thought to be stabilized by the interactions between oppositely charged side chains of residues at positions i and i + 4 (Wang, C.-L. A., Chalovich, J.M., Graceffa, P., Lu, R.C., Mabuchi, K, and Stafford, W.F., J.Biol. Chem. 266, 13958-13963, 1991). Two synthetic peptides corresponding to these repeats, each containing 25 and 60 amino acid residues, indeed assume an alpha-helical conformation that is stable over a wide range of salt concentration and pH, and exhibit a typical helix-coil transition upon heating. Most significantly, when the amino acid sequence of the 25-mer is randomized without losing the i-to-i + 4 ion pairs, the peptide maintains a helical content comparable to that of the wild-type peptide, whereas another peptide variant with a sequence rearranged to eliminate all i-to-(i + 4) ion pairs has much less helicity, suggesting that specific interactions between residues with (i,i + 4) spacings are important determinants for the maintenance of secondary structure in this region of caldesmon.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, E; Wang, CL

Published Date

  • May 15, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 329 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 156 - 162

PubMed ID

  • 8638947

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9861

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1006/abbi.1996.0204


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States