24 November 2010 Protein association investigated by THz spectroscopy and molecular modeling
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Proceedings Volume 7376, Laser Applications in Life Sciences; 73760O (2010) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.871159
Event: Laser Applications in Life Sciences 2010, 2010, Oulu, Finland
Macromolecular crowding is a common intracellular phenomenon that causes conformational changes of proteins and protein association. We investigated these macromolecular crowding effects on a highly concentrated BSA solution using THz spectroscopy and molecular modeling. We modeled several BSA 50% w/w solutions comprising two BSA molecules in a water box and selected a single model based on the agreement with THz experiments. We further modeled BSA association at concentrations higher than 50% w/w and selected a possible dimer model based on the strength of the interaction between the two proteins. The flexibility of the BSA dimer was compared with the flexibility of BSA from the solution. Monomeric BSA from the solution model presents mobile regions scattered through all the structure, with differences of disposition and extent between the two molecules. Dimerization changes BSA flexibility, as the two molecules from the dimer present compact regions of both high flexibility and low flexibility. The low flexibility regions include their interaction sites.
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Maria Mernea, Maria Mernea, Octavian Calborean, Octavian Calborean, Livia Petrescu, Livia Petrescu, Andrei Tita, Andrei Tita, Aurel Leca, Aurel Leca, Traian Dascalu, Traian Dascalu, Dan Florian Mihailescu, Dan Florian Mihailescu, } "Protein association investigated by THz spectroscopy and molecular modeling", Proc. SPIE 7376, Laser Applications in Life Sciences, 73760O (24 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.871159; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.871159

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