How the dyes affect folding of small proteins in single-molecule FRET experiments: A simulation study

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A key question in the application of the single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) technique to study protein folding is how the dyes affect the protein behavior. Understanding of these effects is particularly important for small proteins, for which the dyes, along with their linkers, can be comparable in size (mass) with the protein. Using a coarse-grained model, we simulated folding of BBL protein and two of its FRET constructs. The obtained results suggest that even for small proteins, such as the 45-residue BBL, the appearance of the excluded volume in the protein conformation space due to the presence of dyes does not change the overall picture of folding. At the same time, some deviations from folding of the original protein are observed, in particular, the FRET constructs fold considerably slower than the original protein because the protein collapse in the initial state of folding is slowed down due to the protein loading with relatively massive dyes.

Язык оригиналаанглийский
Номер статьи106243
Страницы (с-по)106243
Число страниц7
ЖурналBiophysical Chemistry
Том254
Ранняя дата в режиме онлайн9 авг 2019
DOI
СостояниеОпубликовано - 1 ноя 2019

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