Elastic properties of the poly-L-glycine α-helix from periodic SCF-LMO calculations

Fabio Pichierri, Akinori Sarai

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The elastic properties of the α-helix of poly-L-glycine have been investigated by means of periodic self-consistent field (SCF) calculations and localized molecular orbitals (LMO), within the framework of the semi-empirical AM1 method. A cluster containing eighteen L-glycine residues was progressively stretched along the main axis and its geometry was re-optimized by fixing only the total length, in order to maintain the α-helix structure at the strained state. From the regression analysis of the calculated heat of formation versus cluster length, we obtained a longitudinal Young's elastic modulus of 65 GPa. The formation of a non-planar peptide bond indicates the appearance of strain localization in the α-helix structure under tensile loading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-542
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jun 2


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