Task 10 (MSUD)

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The informations that are provided on the results page include:

  • deformation energies and eigenvalues for the lowest-frequency non-trivial modes
  • atomic displacement and fluctuation plots
  • mode visualization with Jmol and vector field represention of modes
  • correlation matrix for motions between Calphas
  • overlap analysis for different conformations of the same protein

For the calculation of normal modes, WEBnm@ takes only Calpha atoms. The mass of the whole residue is assigned to its Calpha atom for the analysis.

The server gives eigenvalues for modes 7-56, deformation energies for modes 7-20 and atomic displacement and visualization for modes 7-12.

In all modes that are visualized by the server, a movement of alpha and beta chain against each other can be observed, sometimes there is a hinge-movement (mode 7) and in other modes there is a torsion between the subunits. In most modes, a part at the end of alpha subunit (BCKDHA), consisting of 3 small helices that reach into the beta subunit, moves independently from the rest of the alpha subunit but together with beta subunit. An exception is mode 9, where this part moves a lot compared to the rest of the protein. Vector representations of modes 7 and 9:

The analysis was also performed for the alpha subunit (chain A) alone, but the results are similar to those presented for the whole structure (see above), only the frequency of motion was higher compared to the whole structure.

The part at the beginning and end of the alpha chain are most flexible, as can be seen in the atomic dicplacement plots for modes 7-12 (at approximately position 400 in the plot beta chain begins):

MSUD 2BFF modeall.png

In the correlation matrix, that shows the correlation of motions between different Calpha atoms, the two chains can clearly be identified as differently moving domains:

MSUD 2BFF correlation matrix.png