Testing the transferability of a coarse-grained model to intrinsically disordered proteins

GO Rutter and AH Brown and D Quigley and TR Walsh and MP Allen, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 17, 31741-31749 (2015).

DOI: 10.1039/c5cp05652g

The intermediate-resolution coarse-grained protein model PLUM T. Bereau and M. Deserno, J. Chem. Phys., 2009, 130, 235106 is used to simulate small systems of intrinsically disordered proteins involved in biomineralisation. With minor adjustments to reduce bias toward stable secondary structure, the model generates conformational ensembles conforming to structural predictions from atomistic simulation. Without additional structural information as input, the model distinguishes regions of the chain by predicted degree of disorder, manifestation of structure, and involvement in chain dimerisation. The model is also able to distinguish dimerisation behaviour between one intrinsically disordered peptide and a closely related mutant. We contrast this against the poor ability of PLUM to model the S1 quartz-binding peptide.

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