Protein folding stability and binding interactions through the lens of evolution: a dynamical perspective

Tushar Modi, Paul Campitelli, Ismail Can Kazan, Sefika Banu Ozkan

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Abstract

While the function of a protein depends heavily on its ability to fold into a correct 3D structure, billions of years of evolution have tailored proteins from highly stable objects to flexible molecules as they adapted to environmental changes. Nature maintains the fine balance of protein folding and stability while still evolving towards new function through generations of fine-tuning necessary interactions with other proteins and small molecules. Here we focus on recent computational and experimental studies that shed light onto how evolution molds protein folding and the functional landscape from a conformational dynamics’ perspective. Particularly, we explore the importance of dynamic allostery throughout protein evolution and discuss how the protein anisotropic network can give rise to allosteric and epistatic interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-215
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology
Volume66
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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