Europhys. Lett.
Volume 76, Number 1, October 2006
Page(s) 156 - 162
Section Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology
Published online 13 September 2006
Europhys. Lett., 76 (1), pp. 156-162 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2006-10245-y

Predictive folding of a $\beta$-hairpin protein in an all-atom free-energy model

W. Wenzel

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut für Nanotechnologie PO Box 2640, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany

received 31 May 2006; accepted in final form 17 August 2006
published online 13 September 2006

Using an all-atom free-energy model we reproducibly and predictively fold a monomeric stable tryptophane-zipper (pdb-code 1LE1) from unfolded starting conformations to experimental accuracy. We construct the folding free-energy landscape under physiological conditions with a fraction of the cost of methods that simulate the folding pathway. We identify a metastable helical ensemble of conformations in the folding funnel and discuss its impact on the folding scenario. A comparison of the energetic contributions of the competing ensembles rationalizes the stabilization of the native ensemble and illustrates opportunities for peptide design.

87.15.Cc - Folding and sequence analysis.
02.70.Ns - Molecular dynamics and particle methods.
02.60.Pn - Numerical optimization.

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