A molecular dynamics simulation of the folding of a short helical toxin peptide was carried out. The simulation gave a folding time of ∼10 ns, which is longer than typical time of ∼1 ns for the formation of 1-2 helical turns. The simulation demonstrates that a helical peptide with disulfide bonds, which may encounter extra steric hindrance compared with the peptide without disulfide bonds, can fold in nanosecond timescale. An analysis shows that this folding time should correspond to the folding time in weak denaturation condition in experiment. Interactions and factors affecting folding pathways are analyzed and discussed.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Jun 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Computational Theory and Mathematics