The difference in the crystal structure and growth kinetics of microtubes formed from l- and d-enantiomers of diphenylalanine dipeptide is investigated both experimentally and theoretically by computer simulation. The microtubes of l- and d-enantiomers grown simultaneously and under identical experimental conditions possess different crystallographic space groups, have essential difference in sizes, and demonstrate different growth kinetics. Computer simulation by molecular mechanics methods revealed a fundamental difference in the interaction between structural units of microtubes of different chiralities. A model describing chirality-dependent growth of microtubes is proposed.
- PEPTIDE NANOTUBES
- SPIN SELECTIVITY