Our long-term objective is to ascertain how protein conformation plays a role in biological function and in various diseases.
Our specific aims are to finish our development of our physics-based united-residue (UNRES) approach to the protein folding problem, i.e., to compute structure, folding pathways, and thermodynamic and dynamic properties. This involves replacing the last remaining knowledge-based term, corresponding to side chain-side chain interactions, by physics-based terms, extension of UNRES to simulate folding of disulfide-containing proteins, and to treat the lipid-membrane environment. At the all-atom level, we will treat the pH-dependent ionization of side chains (including solvation), and the use of 13C1 chemical shifts in protein-structure simulation. We will continue the development of our UNRES model of nucleic acids (NA-UNRES) and merge UNRES and NA-UNRES into a viable package, which will be provided to the community. We will also continue the developments of sampling techniques and parallelization of UNRES/MD to carry out simulations of very large single-chain and oligomeric proteins and their complexes, and develop tools, based on Principal Component Analysis (PCA) for the analysis of mesoscopic-dynamics trajectories. We will demonstrate how these aims can lead to valid predictions of structures and folding pathways of proteins, and protein-nucleic acid and protein-protein complexes. Our main focus will then involve the application of this methodology to a biological problem: the mechanism of action of the human HSP70 chaperone.
As pointed out in the Project Summary, the long-term objective of this research is to ascertain how protein conformation plays a role in various diseases. Examples of such diseases in which conformation plays a role are sickle cell anemia (1) and amyloid diseases such as Alzheimer's (2) and mad cow disease.
|Cote, Yoann; Delarue, Patrice; Scheraga, Harold A et al. (2018) From a Highly Disordered to a Metastable State: Uncovering Insights of ?-Synuclein. ACS Chem Neurosci 9:1051-1065|
|Vorobjev, Yury N; Scheraga, Harold A; Vila, Jorge A (2018) A comprehensive analysis of the computed tautomer fractions of the imidazole ring of histidines in Loligo vulgaris. J Biomol Struct Dyn 36:3094-3105|
|Grassein, Paul; Delarue, Patrice; Scheraga, Harold A et al. (2018) Statistical Model To Decipher Protein Folding/Unfolding at a Local Scale. J Phys Chem B 122:3540-3549|
|Solé-Domènech, Santiago; Rojas, Ana V; Maisuradze, Gia G et al. (2018) Lysosomal enzyme tripeptidyl peptidase 1 destabilizes fibrillar A? by multiple endoproteolytic cleavages within the ?-sheet domain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 115:1493-1498|
|Vorobjev, Yury N; Scheraga, Harold A; Vila, Jorge A (2018) Coupled molecular dynamics and continuum electrostatic method to compute the ionization pKa's of proteins as a function of pH. Test on a large set of proteins. J Biomol Struct Dyn 36:561-574|
|Keasar, Chen; McGuffin, Liam J; Wallner, Björn et al. (2018) An analysis and evaluation of the WeFold collaborative for protein structure prediction and its pipelines in CASP11 and CASP12. Sci Rep 8:9939|
|Rojas, Ana; Maisuradze, Nika; Kachlishvili, Khatuna et al. (2017) Elucidating Important Sites and the Mechanism for Amyloid Fibril Formation by Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics. ACS Chem Neurosci 8:201-209|
|He, Yi; Maisuradze, Gia G; Yin, Yanping et al. (2017) Sequence-, structure-, and dynamics-based comparisons of structurally homologous CheY-like proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114:1578-1583|
|Makowski, Mariusz; Liwo, Adam; Scheraga, Harold A (2017) Simple Physics-Based Analytical Formulas for the Potentials of Mean Force of the Interaction of Amino Acid Side Chains in Water. VII. Charged-Hydrophobic/Polar and Polar-Hydrophobic/Polar Side Chains. J Phys Chem B 121:379-390|
|Vila, Jorge A; Scheraga, Harold A (2017) Limiting Values of the one-bond C-H Spin-Spin Coupling Constants of the Imidazole Ring of Histidine at High-pH. J Mol Struct 1134:576-581|
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