A method for deriving all-atom protein folding potentials is presented and tested on a three-helix bundle protein, as well as on hairpin and helical sequences. The potentials obtained are composed of a contact term between pairs of atoms, and a local density term for each atom, mimicking solvent exposure preferences. Using this potential in an all-atom protein folding simulation, we repeatedly folded the three-helix bundle, with the lowest energy conformations having a Cα distance rms from the native structure of less than 2 Å. Similar results were obtained for the hairpin and helices by using different potentials. We derived potentials for several different proteins and found a high correlation between the derived parameters, suggesting that a potential of this form eventually could be found that folds multiple, unrelated proteins at the atomic level of detail.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Apr 16 2002|
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