Three-helix-bundle protein in a Ramachandran model

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We study the thermodynamic behavior of a model protein with 54 amino acids that forms a three-helix bundle in its native state. The model contains three types of amino acids and five to six atoms per amino acid and has the Ramachandran torsional angles phi(i), psi(i) as its degrees of freedom. The force field is based on hydrogen bonds and effective hydrophobicity forces. For a suitable choice of the relative strength of these interactions, we find that the three-helix-bundle protein undergoes an abrupt folding transition from an expanded state to the native state. Also shown is that the corresponding one- and two-helix segments are less stable than the three-helix sequence.

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  • Models, Molecular, Protein Conformation, Proteins, Thermodynamics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13614-8
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Volume97
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 5
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes