3 years ago

Prediction of nearest neighbor effects on backbone torsion angles and NMR scalar coupling constants in disordered proteins

Julien Roche, Ad Bax, Yang Shen, Alexander Grishaev
Using fine-tuned hydrogen bonding criteria, a library of coiled peptide fragments has been generated from a large set of high-resolution protein X-ray structures. This library is shown to be an improved representation of ϕ/ψ torsion angles seen in intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs). The ϕ/ψ torsion angle distribution of the library, on average, provides good agreement with experimentally observed chemical shifts and 3JHN-Hα coupling constants for a set of five disordered proteins. Inspection of the coil library confirms that nearest-neighbor effects significantly impact the ϕ/ψ distribution of residues in the coil state. Importantly, 3JHN-Hα coupling constants derived from the nearest-neighbor modulated backbone ϕ distribution in the coil library show improved agreement to experimental values, thereby providing a better way to predict 3JHN-Hα coupling constants for IDPs, and for identifying locations that deviate from fully random behavior. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/pro.3292

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