Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Roy J. Carver Department of, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Journal or Book Title
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Predicting protein motions is important for bridging the gap between protein structure and function. With growing numbers of structures of the same, or closely related proteins becoming available, it is now possible to understand more about the intrinsic dynamics of a protein with principal component analysis (PCA) of the motions apparent within ensembles of experimental structures. In this paper, we compare the motions extracted from experimental ensembles of 50 different proteins with the modes of motion predicted by several types of coarse-grained elastic network models (ENMs) which additionally take into account more details of either the protein geometry or the amino acid specificity. We further compare the structural variations in the experimental ensembles with the motions sampled in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for a smaller subset of 17 proteins with available trajectories. We find that the correlations between the motions extracted from MD trajectories and experimental structure ensembles are slightly different than for the ENMs, possibly reflecting potential sampling biases. We find that there are small gains in the predictive power of the ENMs in reproducing motions present in either experimental or MD ensembles by accounting for the protein geometry rather than the amino acid specificity of the interactions.
American Chemical Society
Sankar, Kannan; Mishra, Sambit K.; and Jernigan, Robert L., "Comparisons of Protein Dynamics from Experimental Structure Ensembles, Molecular Dynamics Ensembles, and Coarse-Grained Elastic Network Models" (2018). Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Publications. 197.