Protein folding/unfolding in the presence of interacting macromolecular crowders
Summary, in English
Recent years have seen an increasing number of biophysical studies of proteins being conducted in cells and concentrated protein solutions. In these experiments, compared to dilute-solution data, both stabilization and destabilization of globular proteins have been observed, which cannot be explained in terms of volume exclusion alone. For a fundamental understanding of the observed effects, there is a need for computational modeling beyond the level of hard-sphere crowders. This mini-review discusses recent efforts to simulate folding/unfolding properties of proteins in the presence of explicit macromolecular crowders. A Monte Carlo-based approach by us is described, which we recently applied to study the equilibrium folding thermodynamics of two peptides in the presence of explicit protein crowders.
- Computational Biology and Biological Physics
European Physical Journal: Special Topics
Journal article review
- Other Physics Topics
- ISSN: 1951-6355