Konda Mani Saravanan1, Samuel Selvaraj2
1Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India.
2Department of Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India.
In our study, we have concluded that two proteins with 88% homology choose different energetically favorable pathways in the very early stage of the folding process to attain their native folds. Subsequent reports from other investigators by performing folding and unfolding kinetics experiments concur with our findings. We herewith discuss the key papers revealing computational and experimental analysis of two designed proteins with similar sequence distant folds. Further we suggest that the theoretical/computational analysis of protein sequences and structures along with the relevant experiments provide a better understanding of the relationship between protein sequence, folding, and structure.
Keywords: Designed proteins, molecular dynamics and simulations, protein folding, sequence and structural analysis, theoretical models.