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Extracting physically intuitive reaction coordinates from transition networks of a beta-sheet miniprotein


Qi, B; Muff, S; Caflisch, A; Dinner, A R (2010). Extracting physically intuitive reaction coordinates from transition networks of a beta-sheet miniprotein. Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, 114(20):6979-6989.

Abstract

Simulations are important for understanding complex reactions, but their interpretation is challenging owing to the large number of degrees of freedom typically involved. To address this issue, various means for relating the dynamics of a stochastic system to its structural and energetic features have been introduced. Here, we show how two leading approaches can be combined to advantage. We use the network of transitions observed in a reversible folding/unfolding simulation of a 20-residue three-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet peptide (beta3s) to estimate the probabilities of committing to stable states (the native state and major nonnative states), and these then serve as the basis for an efficient statistical procedure for identifying physical variables that describe the dynamics. We find that a single coordinate that jointly characterizes the formation of the two native turns of beta3s can adequately describe the overall folding process, despite its complex nature. Additional features associated with major pathways leading from individual nonnative states are resolved; indeed, a key result is an improved understanding of the unfolded state. Connections to other methods for analyzing complex reactions are discussed.

Abstract

Simulations are important for understanding complex reactions, but their interpretation is challenging owing to the large number of degrees of freedom typically involved. To address this issue, various means for relating the dynamics of a stochastic system to its structural and energetic features have been introduced. Here, we show how two leading approaches can be combined to advantage. We use the network of transitions observed in a reversible folding/unfolding simulation of a 20-residue three-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet peptide (beta3s) to estimate the probabilities of committing to stable states (the native state and major nonnative states), and these then serve as the basis for an efficient statistical procedure for identifying physical variables that describe the dynamics. We find that a single coordinate that jointly characterizes the formation of the two native turns of beta3s can adequately describe the overall folding process, despite its complex nature. Additional features associated with major pathways leading from individual nonnative states are resolved; indeed, a key result is an improved understanding of the unfolded state. Connections to other methods for analyzing complex reactions are discussed.

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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
Date:2010
Deposited On:13 Aug 2010 08:27
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:13
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:1520-5207
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/jp101476g
PubMed ID:20438066

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