Infrared ion-dip spectroscopy coupled with DFT and ab initio calculations are used to establish the intrinsic conformational preference of the basic structural unit of a peptide mimic, a cis-tetrahydrofuran-based "carbopeptoid" (amide-sugar-amide), isolated at low temperature in the gas phase. The carbopeptoid units form a beta-turn-type structure, stabilized by an intramolecular NH --> O=C hydrogen bond across the sugar ring, thus forming a 10-membered, C10 turn. Despite the clear prefere...Expand abstract
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Carbohydrate amino acids: the intrinsic conformational preference for a beta-turn-type structure in a carbopeptoid building block.
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