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Proteins. 1998 Jun 1;31(4):434-44.

Functional conformational changes of endo-1,4-xylanase II from Trichoderma reesei: a molecular dynamics study.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Joensuu, Finland.


Recent crystallographic studies have revealed a range of structural changes in the three-dimensional structure of endo-1,4-xylanase (XYNII) from Trichoderma reesei. The observed conformational changes can be described as snapshots of an open-close movement of the active site of XYNII. These structures were further analyzed in this study. In addition, a total of four 1 ns molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed representing different states of the enzyme. A comparison of the global and local changes found in the X-ray structures and the MD runs suggested that the simulations reproduced a similar kind of active site opening and closing as predicted by the crystal structures. The open-close movement was characterized by the use of distance difference matrixes and the Hinge-find program (Wriggers and Schulten, Proteins 29:1-14, 1997) to be a 'hinge-bending' motion involving two large rigidly-moving regions and an extended hinge. This conformational feature is probably inherent to this molecular architecture and probably plays a role in the function of XYNII.

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