Molecular dynamics study of structural properties of beta-sheet assemblies formed by synthetic de novo oligopeptides

Giovanni Bellesia, Maxim V. Fedorov, Edward G. Timoshenko

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We study, by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with explicit water, the structure and stability of beta-sheet tapes, ribbons and double ribbons formed by rationally designed oligopeptides P-11-I and P-11-II in aqueous solutions. Two different methods for the treatment of the electrostatic interactions were considered: a smoothly shifted spherical cutoff approach under spherical harmonic conditions, and the particle mesh Ewald technique. We investigate the transfer of chirality from single L-aminoacids to the molecular scale of oligopeptides and from the latter to the supramolecular scale of peptide clusters. Furthermore, we obtain structural data for the representative conformations of these clusters, as well as study various average properties of their geometry. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-476
Number of pages22
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • peptide-based clusters
  • supramolecular chirality
  • molecular dynamics
  • peptides
  • proteins
  • rotation
  • vectors

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