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Accelerated simulation of unfolding and refolding of a large single chain globular protein

Authors
Journal
Open Biology
2046-2441
Publisher
The Royal Society
Publication Date
Volume
2
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1098/rsob.120087
Keywords
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  • Research
  • Research Article
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

We have developed novel strategies for contracting simulation times in protein dynamics that enable us to study a complex protein with molecular weight in excess of 34 kDa. Starting from a crystal structure, we produce unfolded and then refolded states for the protein. We then compare these quantitatively using both established and new metrics for protein structure and quality checking. These include use of the programs Concoord and Darvols. Simulation of protein-folded structure well beyond the molten globule state and then recovery back to the folded state is itself new, and our results throw new light on the protein-folding process. We accomplish this using a novel cooling protocol developed for this work.

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