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Molecular dynamics simulations of conserved Hox protein hexapeptides - II. Folded structures in water solution
KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry (closed 20110512).
2007 (English)In: Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, ISSN 0166-1280, Vol. 805, no 1-3, 61-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

MD simulations of Hox protein N-terminal hexapeptides TFDWMK (Hox B1) and LFPWMR (Hox B8) are performed in water solution and complemented with simulations where the aromatic residues phenylalanine (F) and tryptophan (W) are successively replaced by alanine (A). Results from this study give support that different hexapeptides can form similar folded structures in water, stabilized mainly by internal hydrogen bonding where the arrangement of the aromatic side chains together with the methionine (M) side chain forming a hydrophobic core covers and protects the internal hydrogen bonds from water. Replacement of the aromatic side chains with Alanine did not lead to unfolding, but rather the hexapeptides were slightly changing their conformations where the Methionine side chain together with the peptide backbone protected the internal hydrogen bonds and the hexapeptides remain folded. Our results give support that these hexapeptides are able to remain folded to some extent even without the aromatic side chains.

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2007. Vol. 805, no 1-3, 61-70 p.
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Hox hexapeptide, MD simulation, folded structure
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-37130DOI: 10.1016/j.theochem.2006.10.023ISI: 000244588400008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33846617769OAI: diva2:432187
Available from: 2011-08-01 Created: 2011-08-01 Last updated: 2011-08-01Bibliographically approved

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