Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Phys Chem B. 2009 Apr 30;113(17):6041-6. doi: 10.1021/jp808384x.

Amyloid beta-protein: experiment and theory on the 21-30 fragment.

Author information

  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA.


The structure of the 21-30 fragment of the amyloid beta-protein (Abeta) was investigated by ion mobility mass spectrometry and replica exchange dynamics simulations. Mutations associated with familial Alzheimer's disease (E22G, E22Q, E22K, and D23N) of Abeta(21-30) were also studied, in order to understand any structural changes that might occur with these substitutions. The structure of the WT peptide shows a bend and a perpendicular turn in the backbone which is maintained by a network of D23 hydrogen bonding. Results for the mutants show that substitutions at E22 do little to alter the overall structure of the fragment. A substitution at D23 resulted in a change of structure for Abeta(21-30). A comparison of these gas-phase studies to previous solution-phase studies reveals that the peptide can fold in the absence of solvent to a structure also seen in solution, highlighting the important role of the D23 hydrogen bonding network in stabilizing the fragment's folded structure.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for American Chemical Society Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk