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Design of an Inversion Center between Two Helical Segments

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posted on 18.08.2004, 00:00 by Victor Maurizot, Christel Dolain, Yoann Leydet, Jean-Michel Léger, Philippe Guionneau, Ivan Huc
A new strategy is proposed to control the relative orientation of two folded helical oligomers in such a way that they diverge from an aromatic linker and have opposite helical handedness. Mutual steric exclusion between the two helices results from the fact that they cannot be at the same time folded and on the same side of the linker. The concept is validated using the helical conformations of oligoamides of 8-amino-2-quinolinecarboxylic acid, but it should be applicable to many families of oligomers and leads to the first designed meso-helices.