protein structure prediction
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Generation of full protein coordinates from limited information, e.g., the Cα coordinates, is an important step in protein homology modeling and structure determination, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations may prove to be important in this task. We describe a new method, in which the protein backbone is built quickly in a rather crude way and then refined by minimization techniques. Subsequently, the side chains are positioned using extensive MD calculations. The method is tested on two proteins, and results compared to proteins constructed using two other MD-based methods. In the first method, we supplemented an existing backbone building method with a new procedure to add side chains. The second one largely consists of available methodology. The constructed proteins are compared to the corresponding X-ray structures, which became available during this study, and they are in good agreement (backbone RMS values of 0.5-0.7 Å, and all-atom RMS values of 1.5-1.9 Å). This comparative study indicates that extensive MD simulations are able, to some extent, to generate details of the native protein structure, and may contribute to the development of a standardized methodology to predict reliably (parts of) protein structures when only partial coordinate data are available. © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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