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Biophys Chem. 2007 Jan;125(1):127-37. Epub 2006 Jul 11.

Exploration of the conformational space of myosin recovery stroke via molecular dynamics.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, USA.


Muscle contractions are driven by cyclic conformational changes of myosin, whose molecular mechanisms of operation are being elucidated by recent advances in crystallographic studies and single molecule experiments. To complement such structural studies and consider the energetics of the conformational changes of myosin head, umbrella sampling molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed with the all-atom model of the scallop myosin sub-fragment 1 (S1) with a bound ATP in solution in explicit water using the crystallographic near-rigor and transition state conformations as two references. The constraints on RMSD reaction coordinates used for the umbrella sampling were found to steer the conformational changes efficiently, and relatively close correlations have been observed between the set of characteristic structural changes including the lever arm rotation and the closing of the nucleotide binding pocket. The lever arm angle and key residue interaction distances in the nucleotide binding pocket and the relay helix show gradual changes along the recovery stroke reaction coordinate, consistent with previous crystallographic and computational minimum energy studies. Thermal fluctuations, however, appear to make the switch-2 coordination of ATP more flexible than suggested by crystal structures. The local solvation environment of the fluorescence probe, Trp 507 (scallop numbering), also appears highly mobile in the presence of thermal fluctuations.

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