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Dynamics studies of tryptophan and single tryptophan containing peptides: simulations and an analytical model
Author(s): Yi Hu; Jean M. MacInnis; Binny J. Cherayil; Graham R. Fleming; Karl F. Freed; Angelo Perico
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Paper Abstract

The optimized Rouse-Zimm model is modified leading to a theory for long time random coil polypeptide dynamics [Perico etal., J. Chem. Phys., (1987), 87, 3677, Perico, J. Chem. Phys., (1988), 88, 3996, and Biopolymers, (1989), 28, 1527]. The description necessitates the knowledge of the rotational potential energy for specific amino acid residues and their friction coefficients. Static information, such as the amino acid sequence, the length of the polypeptide chain, and the location of the probe are found to affect the rotational correlation function P2(t) and the local persistence length markedly. Compared with the fluorescence anisotropy measurements of tryptophan containing polypeptides (of the order of nanoseconds), the theory gives a reasonable prediction for the fluorescence depolarization correlation times of random coil polypeptides, but the calculated rotational correlation function predicts a much faster initial decay and a slower final decay than is observed. Possible theoretical improvements are discussed. Molecular dynamics simulations of tryptophan reorientation are also briefly described.

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Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 23 pages
Proc. SPIE 1204, Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry II, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17707
Show Author Affiliations
Yi Hu, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Jean M. MacInnis, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Binny J. Cherayil, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Graham R. Fleming, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Karl F. Freed, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Angelo Perico, Univ. of Genoa (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1204:
Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry II
Joseph R. Lakowicz, Editor(s)

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