The evaluation of free energy differences between specific states of a system is of fundamental interest in the study of (bio)chemical systems. Herein, we examine the use of the recently introduced confinement method (CM) to evaluate relative free energy changes upon protein/peptide mutations. CM is a path-independent technique that involves the transformation of a configurational state of the system into an ideal crystal permitting the direct computation of free energy differences. We illustrate the method by evaluating the differential stabilities between native and mutant sequences of a model peptide that has been extensively characterized by experimental approaches, the GB1 hairpin. We show a good correlation between calculated and experimental relative stabilities and discuss other possible applications of this method in the context of complex molecular conversions.
|Titolo:||Assessment of Mutational Effects on Peptide Stability through Confinement Simulations|
CAPELLI, RICCARDO (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||free energy; molecular dynamics; protein; simulation; stability|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||7-gen-2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b02221|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|