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Correlating dynamics to conformational properties:An analysis of atomic displacement parameters (B-values) in high-resolution protein structures

Parthasarathy, S and Murthy, MRN (2000) Correlating dynamics to conformational properties:An analysis of atomic displacement parameters (B-values) in high-resolution protein structures. In: Current Science, 78 (9). pp. 1123-1126.

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Abstract

Atomic displacement parameters (ADPs) obtained by high resolution X-ray diffraction studies on single crystals of proteins represent the mean square displacement of atoms about their mean position. The relationship between the flexibility of the protein molecule and its conformation could be examined by a careful analysis of these ADPs. This communication presents the results of such a statistical analysis. It is shown that the ADPs are related to side chain conformations and are low for energetically favourable rotamers. Examination of the dependence of ADPs on non-planar distortions of the peptide geometry as represented by w angle reveals that the parameters depend on the direction of non-planar distortion. Those conformations with w larger than the ideal trans geometry (180°–190°) are more flexible when compared to those with w < 180° (170° 180°). The average ADP of a peptide unit depends weakly on the Ramachandran angles at the corresponding Ca atom. Thus, the flexibility of different segments of the polypeptide appears to be sensitive to the conformation of the side chains as well as the main chain.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/1782

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