Re: Q: Helix dipoles

Tom Pauly (
Fri, 15 Mar 1996 05:47:16 -0500 (EST)

Another aspect of the dipole strength is the delta charge flux, or the
cross-sectional area through which the dipolar force radiates. This is
analogous to the field strength of a magnet(W/cm2). I think that 3-10 helices,
being narrower in cross section would (for equal dipole moments) be the
stronger(greater force/area) and this effect would, to some extent,
offset the non-ideal allignment of the peptide dipoles.

As an aside, does it really matter what the relative/absolute dipole
strength is if extended 3-10 helices are never observed?

Tom Pauly