Navigation Links
Model unfolds proteins gently
Date:10/5/2010

Washington, D.C. (October 5, 2010) -- Protein molecules inside cells are constantly reorganizing themselves, driven by very tiny forces exerted by all the other molecules in their crowded environment. Most experimental techniques and theoretical/computational models are necessarily built around much greater driving forces. A new theoretical model reported in the Journal of Chemical Physics investigates the unfolding of fibronectin under gentler conditions.

"Typical models study very fast processes and consume a lot of CPU time," says author Alessandro Pelizzola of the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. "The strengths of our model are simplicity and the ability to model the slow, low-force processes that actually occur inside the cell."

Under the smaller forces, the researchers discovered a previously uncharacterized sequential loss of structure involving a fluctuation between two intermediates of similar complexity. The unfolding was demonstrated to involve many more steps than previously shown in experiments and more complex models. Because the model probes forces that are an order of magnitude smaller than those currently available to experimentalists, it can lead to a better understanding of biomolecular transitions within the cell.

"These small forces are beyond the current experimental techniques" says Pelizzola, "but I would expect the experiments to be possible in a few years." The model has been applied to other biomolecular processes with similarly detailed results.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
301-209-3091
American Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. New model to measure disease burden of postmenopausal osteoporosis
2. Yale develops new animal model for hemophilia A
3. UCSF unveils model for implantable artificial kidney to replace dialysis
4. A model system for group behavior of nanomachines
5. Developmental gene-environment interactions: A model for psychosis
6. Genome comparison of ants establishes new model species for molecular research
7. New carbon dioxide emissions model
8. Math model of colon inflammation singles out dangerous immune cells
9. Global model confirms: Cool roofs can offset carbon dioxide emissions and mitigate global warming
10. Scientists create 3-D models of whole mouse organs
11. Model predicts individuals vitamin D needs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... Ampronix facilitates superior patient care by providing unparalleled technology to leaders of the medical ... premium product recently added to the range of products distributed by Ampronix. ... ... ... Ampronix News ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... 2016  VoiceIt is excited to announce its ... By working together, VoiceIt and VoicePass will ... VoicePass take slightly different approaches to voice biometrics, ... and usability. ... partnership. "This marketing and technology partnership ...
(Date:5/16/2016)... 2016   EyeLock LLC , a market leader ... of an IoT Center of Excellence in ... development of embedded iris biometric applications. EyeLock,s ... and security with unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the ... DNA. EyeLock,s platform uses video technology to deliver a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... PBI-Gordon Corporation is pleased to announce Dave ... In his 15-year career with PBI-Gordon, Dave has served in a wide variety of ... in the development and launch of many of PBI-Gordon’s most successful products. , “Dave ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... New Jersey and READING, ... Indegene ( http://www.indegene.com ), a leading ... to life science, pharmaceutical and healthcare organisations and ... of innovative scientific support throughout the product lifecycle, ... with the launch of IntraScience.      ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... decades. FireflySci cuvettes are used in leading laboratories all over the globe. ... day. , In addition to manufacturing awesome cuvettes, FireflySci makes spectrophotometer calibration standards ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... The American Medical Informatics Association ... the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) outlining a measurement approach to interoperability ... available when and where it was needed. The organization of health informatics professionals ...
Breaking Biology Technology: