Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Faculty Publication: Sean Decatur on Self-Aggregation of a Polyalanine Octamer in JACS

An Oberlin author alert from Science Citation Index brought this publication to our attention.  Co-authored by Sean Decatur, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences:

Self-Aggregation of a Polyalanine Octamer Promoted by Its C-Terminal Tyrosine and Probed by a Strongly Enhanced Vibrational Circular Dichroism Signal.

The results of this research "offer considerations and insight regarding the de novo design of self-assembling oligopeptides for biomedical and biotechnological applications and highlight the usefulness of VCD as a tool for probing amyloid fibril formation." [from the authors' abstract]. 

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