May 5, 1989

Dynamical structure of carboxypeptidase A

Journal of Molecular Biology
M W MakinenW F van Gunsteren


Structural fluctuations of the apoenzyme form of carboxypeptidase A (EC have been evaluated on the basis of molecular dynamics. The Konnert-Hendrickson refined coordinates of 2437 non-hydrogen atoms of the 307 amino acid residues derived from the X-ray structure of the holoenzyme served as the molecular model together with 548 calculated polar hydrogen atoms and 25 buried solvent molecules. Molecular dynamics simulations were carried out at 277 K, and the averaged structural properties of the protein were evaluated for the terminal 20 picosecond portion of a 48 picosecond trajectory. The average atomic displacement from the initial X-ray structure was 2.49 A for all atoms and 1.79 A for C alpha atoms. The average root-mean-square (r.m.s.) fluctuation of all atoms was 0.67 A as compared to 0.54 A evaluated from the X-ray-defined temperature factors. Corresponding r.m.s. fluctuations for backbone atoms were 0.56 A by molecular dynamics and 0.49 A by X-ray. On the basis of these molecular dynamics studies of the isolated molecule, it is shown that amino acid residues corresponding to intermolecular contact sites of the crystalline enzyme are associated with high amplitude motion. All eight segments of alpha-helix and eig...Continue Reading

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Molecular Dynamics
Carboxypeptidase A
Carboxypeptidase A5
Molecular Helix
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Plain X-ray
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