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|Title:||Membrane binding and insertion of a pHLIP peptide studied by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations||Authors:||Zhang, Yun
|Keywords:||DRNTU::Science::Biological sciences||Issue Date:||2013||Source:||Deng, Y., Qian, Z., Luo, Y., Zhang, Y., Mu, Y., & Wei, G. (2013). Membrane Binding and Insertion of a pHLIP Peptide Studied by All-Atom Molecular Dynamics Simulations. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 14(7), 14532-14549.||Series/Report no.:||International journal of molecular sciences||Abstract:||Recent experiments in function mechanism study reported that a pH low-insertion peptide (pHLIP) can insert into a zwitterionic palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine (POPC) lipid bilayer at acidic pH while binding to the bilayer surface at basic pH. However, the atomic details of the pH-dependent interaction of pHLIP with a POPC bilayer are not well understood. In this study, we investigate the detailed interactions of pHLIP with a POPC bilayer at acidic and basic pH conditions as those used in function mechanism study, using all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Simulations have been performed by employing the initial configurations, where pHLIP is placed in aqueous solution, parallel to bilayer surface (system S), partially-inserted (system P), or fully-inserted (system F) in POPC bilayers. On the basis of multiple 200-ns MD simulations, we found (1) pHLIP in system S can spontaneously insert into a POPC bilayer at acidic pH, while binding to the membrane surface at basic pH; (2) pHLIP in system P can insert deep into a POPC bilayer at acidic pH, while it has a tendency to exit, and stays at bilayer surface at basic pH; (3) pHLIP in system F keeps in an α-helical structure at acidic pH while partially unfolding at basic pH. This study provides at atomic-level the pH-induced insertion of pHLIP into POPC bilayer.||URI:||https://hdl.handle.net/10356/98126
|ISSN:||1422-0067||DOI:||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms140714532||Rights:||© 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).||Fulltext Permission:||open||Fulltext Availability:||With Fulltext|
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