TITLE

Transition states for protein folding have native topologies despite high structural variability

AUTHOR(S)
Lindorff-Larsen, Kresten; Vendruscolo, Michel; Paci, Emanuele; Dobson, Christopher M.
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology;May2004, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p443
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We present a structural analysis of the folding transition states of three SH3 domains. Our results reveal that the secondary structure is not yet fully formed at this stage of folding and that the solvent is only partially excluded from the interior of the protein. Comparison of the members of the transition state ensemble with a database of native folds shows that, despite substantial local variability, the transition state structures can all be classified as having the topology characteristic of an SH3 domain. Our results suggest a mechanism for folding in which the formation of a network of interactions among a subset of hydrophobic residues ensures that the native topology is generated. Such a mechanism enables high fidelity in folding while minimizing the need to establish a large number of specific interactions in the conformational search.
ACCESSION #
13008843

 

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