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Mol Phys. 2012 May 10;110(9-10):531-536. Epub 2012 Jan 10.

Barrier Crossing in Dihydrofolate Reductasedoes not involve a rate-promoting vibration.

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Dept of Biophysics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461, USA.


We have studied atomic motions during the chemical reaction catalyzed by the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase of Escherichia coli (EcDHFR), an important enzyme for nucleic acid synthesis. In our earlier work on the enzymes human lactate dehydrogenase and purine nucleoside phosphorylase, we had identified fast sub-ps motions that are part of the reaction coordinate. We employed Transition Path Sampling (TPS) and our recently developed reaction coordinate identification methodology to investigate if such fast motions couple to the reaction in DHFR on the barrier-crossing timescale. While we identified some protein motions near the barrier crossing event, these motions do not constitute a compressive promoting vibration, and do not appear as a clearly identifiable protein component in reaction.

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