Three-dimensional structure of human β-defensin 28 via homology modelling and molecular dynamics
Tay, Derrick Kok Sing
Leong, Susanna Su Jan
Kwak, Sang Kyu
Date of Issue2012
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
The 3D structure of the human β-defensin 28 (HBD-28) has been investigated via homology modelling and molecular dynamics (MD) approach. With known high-resolution structures of HBD-2 and -3, single- and multiple-template sequence alignments are applied to find highly probable candidates for HBD-28, which are in turn refined through MD simulations in pure water and 50% trifluoroethanol/water mixture. The models obtained from homology modelling were assessed by protein structure validation software suite, which includes Procheck, MolProbity, Verify-3D and various structure validation tools. We found that modelling quality is proportionally related to the sequence alignment accuracy. In comparison with circular dichroism experimental data as well as stabilities of β-sheets and α-helix, HBD-28 with a reliable 3D structure was found.
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