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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Jul;1808(7):1868-78. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2011.03.010. Epub 2011 Apr 3.

Recent progress in the study of G protein-coupled receptors with molecular dynamics computer simulations.

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Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA.


G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are a large, biomedically important family of proteins, and the recent explosion of new high-resolution structural information about them has provided an enormous opportunity for computational modeling to make major contributions. In particular, molecular dynamics simulations have become a driving factor in many areas of GPCR biophysics, improving our understanding of lipid-protein interaction, activation mechanisms, and internal hydration. Given that computers will continue to get faster and more structures will be solved, the importance of computational methods will only continue to grow, particularly as simulation research is more closely coupled to experiment.

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