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MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS CONFORMATIONAL SEARCH OF 6 CYCLIC-PEPTIDES USED IN THE TEMPLATE ASSEMBLED SYNTHETIC PROTEIN APPROACH FOR PROTEIN DENOVO DESIGN

Six cyclic peptides, designed to act as topological templates in the TASP (template assembled synthetic protein) approach in protein de novo design, were investigated employing a 100-ps, 900-K molecular dynamics conformational search. The peptides are composed of two Lys-X-Lys (X = Gly, Ala) tripeptides connected at its N- and C-terminal end by a Pro-Gly motif and a cystine bridge (I), two Pro-Gly units (II), naphthalene derivatives (III), and tetrahydronaphthalene derivatives of different stereochemistry (IV-VI). The molecular dynamics conformational search established that template I had beta-sheet like geometry. Templates II-VI showed different preferential geometries, among them, e.g., distinct preferences for type V turns in Pro-Gly containing peptides and close spatial arrangement of hydrophobic naphthalene moieties. The orientation of the lysine side chains within preferential geometries of the individual templates is analyzed and a tentative evaluation for their potential to stabilize TASP molecules of 4-helix bundle topology is given.

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