We introduce a modified version of protein lattice models in which monomers have several spin states, representing side-chain rotamers. Completion of folding corresponds to reaching the native backbone configuration with complete ordering of side chains. We find that as temperature is lowered, side-chain ordering becomes much slower than backbone folding. The presence of side chains leads to nonexponential kinetics and a broad distribution of relaxation times.
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