Thermally Induced Structural Organization of Nanodiscs By Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Physics and Astronomy
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
© 2020 Elsevier B.V. Membrane scaffold proteins (MSP) nanodiscs have been extensively used in structural study of membrane proteins. In cryo-EM, an incorporation of target proteins into nanodiscs is conducted under a rapid change from cryogenic to ambient temperatures. We present a coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD) study for investigating an effect of temperature on the structural organization of DPPC-nanodisc and POPC-nanodisc. A non-monotonic response of physical quantities (i.e. the lipid order parameter, nanodisc flatness, structural change, solvation property, radius of gyration) with increase in temperature (T = 200–350 K) is found to be associated with the gel-ripple-liquid crystalline phase change within nanodiscs. The reorganization of lipids upon temperature variation induced conformational changes of MSP to minimize hydrophobic exposure of the lipid membrane to an aqueous environment. Structural response to temperature is different to a certain extent between the saturated DPPC and unsaturated POPC.
(2020). Thermally Induced Structural Organization of Nanodiscs By Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Biophysical Chemistry, 267.
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