Lightning Talk

Development of Native-Based Dissipative Particle Dynamics Approach for α-Helical Folding

Chandan Kumar Choudhury
Clemson University
Olga Kuksenok
Clemson University
  • Thursday, 12 Aug 2021
  • 14:03 - 14:06 EDT
  • Prerecorded Video

We developed a dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) approach that captures polyalanine folding into a stable helical conformation (CK Choudhory, O.Kuksenok, JPCB 2020, 124, 50, 11379). Within the proposed native-based approach, the DPD parameters are derived based on the contact map constructed from the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We show that the proposed approach reproduces the folding of polypeptides of various lengths, including bundle formation for sufficiently long polypeptides. The proposed approach also allows one to capture the folding of the helical segments of the lysozyme. With further development of computationally efficient native-based DPD approaches for folding, modeling of a range of biomaterials incorporating α-helical segments could be extended to time and length scales far beyond those accessible in molecular dynamics simulations.