Prediction of the structure of symmetrical protein assemblies

TitlePrediction of the structure of symmetrical protein assemblies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsAndré, I., Bradley P., Wang C., & Baker D.
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Date Published2007 Nov 6
KeywordsCapsid, Capsid Proteins, Computer Simulation, Models, Biological, Models, Molecular, Oligopeptides, Primary Publication, Protein Conformation, Proteins, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Viral Proteins

Biological supramolecular systems are commonly built up by the self-assembly of identical protein subunits to produce symmetrical oligomers with cyclical, icosahedral, or helical symmetry that play roles in processes ranging from allosteric control and molecular transport to motor action. The large size of these systems often makes them difficult to structurally characterize using experimental techniques. We have developed a computational protocol to predict the structure of symmetrical protein assemblies based on the structure of a single subunit. The method carries out simultaneous optimization of backbone, side chain, and rigid-body degrees of freedom, while restricting the search space to symmetrical conformations. Using this protocol, we can reconstruct, starting from the structure of a single subunit, the structure of cyclic oligomers and the icosahedral virus capsid of satellite panicum virus using a rigid backbone approximation. We predict the oligomeric state of EscJ from the type III secretion system both in its proposed cyclical and crystallized helical form. Finally, we show that the method can recapitulate the structure of an amyloid-like fibril formed by the peptide NNQQNY from the yeast prion protein Sup35 starting from the amino acid sequence alone and searching the complete space of backbone, side chain, and rigid-body degrees of freedom.

Alternate JournalProc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
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