DOI: 0905.0383May 4, 2009Paper

How accurate are polymer models in the analysis of Forster resonance energy transfer experiments on proteins?

Edward P O'BrienD Thirumalai


Single molecule Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) experiments are used to infer the properties of the denatured state ensemble (DSE) of proteins. From the measured average FRET efficiency, <E>, the distance distribution P(R) is inferred by assuming that the DSE can be described as a polymer. The single parameter in the appropriate polymer model (Gaussian chain, Wormlike chain, or Self-avoiding walk) for P(R) is determined by equating the calculated and measured <E>. In order to assess the accuracy of this "standard procedure," we consider the generalized Rouse model (GRM), whose properties [<E> and P(R)] can be analytically computed, and the Molecular Transfer Model for protein L for which accurate simulations can be carried out as a function of guanadinium hydrochloride (GdmCl) concentration. Using the precisely computed <E> for the GRM and protein L, we infer P(R) using the standard procedure. We find that the mean end-to-end distance can be accurately inferred (less than 10% relative error) using <E> and polymer models for P(R). However, the value extracted for the radius of gyration (Rg) and the persistence length (lp) are less accurate. The relative error in the inferred R-g and lp, with respect to the exact value...Continue Reading

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