Unfolding dynamics of the protein ubiquitin: insight from simulation.

Research paper by Shubhra Ghosh SG Dastidar, Chaitali C Mukhopadhyay

Indexed on: 31 Dec '05Published on: 31 Dec '05Published in: Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics


The temperature-induced unfolding pathway of ubiquitin has been investigated by molecular dynamics simulation at four different temperatures. It has been observed that the sequences of the unfolding events are same at all the temperatures. However, the time scale of the dynamics at different temperatures are different. The transition states at various temperatures also possess similar secondary structural elements. The intermediate conformations visited by the protein at different temperatures can help determination of the transition states. The well known " state" of ubiquitin, hitherto found to be stable only in methanol water mixture, have been observed to be a common transient intermediate conformation in the unfolding path of the protein in water. Our observation about the similarities of the unfolding process at different temperatures strongly recommend for a defined pathway for the unfolding process.