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Kinetic analysis of molecular dynamics simulations reveals changes in the denatured state and switch of folding pathways upon single-point mutation of a beta-sheet miniprotein.


Muff, S; Caflisch, A (2008). Kinetic analysis of molecular dynamics simulations reveals changes in the denatured state and switch of folding pathways upon single-point mutation of a beta-sheet miniprotein. Proteins, 70(4):1185-1195.

Abstract

The effects of a single-point mutation on folding thermodynamics and kinetics are usually interpreted by focusing on the native structure and the transition state. Here, the entire conformational spaces of a 20-residue three-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet peptide (double hairpin) and of its single-point mutant W10V are sampled close to the melting temperature by equilibrium folding-unfolding molecular dynamics simulations for a total of 40 micros. The folded state as well as the most populated free energy basins in the denatured state are isolated by grouping conformations according to fast relaxation at equilibrium. Such kinetic analysis provides more detailed and useful information than a simple projection of the free energy. The W10V mutant has the same native structure as the wild type peptide, and similar folding rate and stability. In the denatured state, the N-terminal hairpin is about 20% more structured in W10V than the wild type mainly because of van der Waals interactions. Notably, the W10V mutation influences also the van der Waals energy at the transition state ensemble causing a shift in the ratio of fluxes between two different transition state regions on parallel folding pathways corresponding to nucleation at either of the two beta-hairpins. Previous experimental studies have focused on the effects of denaturant-dependent or temperature-dependent changes in the structure of the denatured state. The atomistic simulations show that a single-point mutation in the central strand of a beta-sheet peptide results in remarkable changes in the topography of the denatured state ensemble. These changes modulate the relative accessibility of parallel folding pathways because of kinetic partitioning of the denatured state. Therefore, the observed dependence of the folding process on the starting ensemble raises questions on the biological significance of in vitro folding studies under strongly denaturing conditions.

The effects of a single-point mutation on folding thermodynamics and kinetics are usually interpreted by focusing on the native structure and the transition state. Here, the entire conformational spaces of a 20-residue three-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet peptide (double hairpin) and of its single-point mutant W10V are sampled close to the melting temperature by equilibrium folding-unfolding molecular dynamics simulations for a total of 40 micros. The folded state as well as the most populated free energy basins in the denatured state are isolated by grouping conformations according to fast relaxation at equilibrium. Such kinetic analysis provides more detailed and useful information than a simple projection of the free energy. The W10V mutant has the same native structure as the wild type peptide, and similar folding rate and stability. In the denatured state, the N-terminal hairpin is about 20% more structured in W10V than the wild type mainly because of van der Waals interactions. Notably, the W10V mutation influences also the van der Waals energy at the transition state ensemble causing a shift in the ratio of fluxes between two different transition state regions on parallel folding pathways corresponding to nucleation at either of the two beta-hairpins. Previous experimental studies have focused on the effects of denaturant-dependent or temperature-dependent changes in the structure of the denatured state. The atomistic simulations show that a single-point mutation in the central strand of a beta-sheet peptide results in remarkable changes in the topography of the denatured state ensemble. These changes modulate the relative accessibility of parallel folding pathways because of kinetic partitioning of the denatured state. Therefore, the observed dependence of the folding process on the starting ensemble raises questions on the biological significance of in vitro folding studies under strongly denaturing conditions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Biochemistry
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Biochemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Uncontrolled Keywords:complex network • non-native interactions • transition state • multiple folding pathways • free-energy surface
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:24 Oct 2008 13:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:30
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0887-3585
Funders:Swiss National Science Foundation
Additional Information:The attached file is a preprint (accepted version) of an article published in Proteins 2008; 70:1185–1195.
Publisher DOI:10.1002/prot.21565
PubMed ID:17847092
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4461

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