Conformational Analysis of Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins

  • Wayne L. Mattice


The conformational behavior of polymers of 2,3-trans- and 2,3-cis-flavan3-ols [(+)-catechin and (−)-epicatechin] depends on the population of dihedral angles at the interflavan bond and the conformation of the heterocyclic rings. The behavior of the heterocyclic rings can be determined by study of the monomers and dimers. The results obtained from x-ray diffraction and MM2 calculations are reviewed here. Conformations at the interflavan bond are studied by MM2 calculations, high resolution 1H-NMR, and time-resolved fluorescence. The implications of these results are that 4β → 8 linked polymers are random coils with dimensions somewhat smaller than those of unperturbed polystyrene chains of the same molecular weight. The dimensions of polymers with 4β → 6 links are not much different.


Dihedral Angle Heterocyclic Ring Conformational Energy Fuse Ring System Monodisperse Sample 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne L. Mattice
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  1. 1.Institute of Polymer ScienceThe University of AkronAkronUSA

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