We use all-atom modeling and advanced-sampling molecular dynamics simulations to investigate quantitatively the effect of peptide bond directionality on the equilibrium structures of four linear (two foldable, two disordered) and two cyclic peptides. We find that the retro forms of cyclic and foldable linear peptides adopt distinctively different conformations compared to their parents. While the retro form of a linear intrinsically disordered peptide with transient secondary structure fails to reproduce a secondary structure content similar to that of its parent, the retro form of a shorter disordered linear peptide shows only minor differences compared to its parent.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology
- cyclic peptides
- intrinsically disordered peptides
- retro peptides