Enthalpically driven peptide stabilization by protective osmolytes

Regina Politi, Daniel Harries*

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We determined the added enthalpic and entropic contributions of protective osmolytes to the folding of a model peptide into its native β-hairpin state. In contrast to entropically driven steric "crowding", this study shows that sugars and polyols can act as protective osmolytes by primarily diminishing the unfavourable enthalpic contribution to folding.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)6449-6451
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number35
StatePublished - 21 Sep 2010


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