Guha Jayachandran, V. Vishal, Angel E. Garcıa and V. S. Pande. Journal of Structural Biology, (2006)
ABSTRACT: Massively parallel all-atom, explicit solvent molecular dynamics simulations were used to explore the formation and existence of local structure in two small alpha-helical proteins, the villin headpiece and the helical fragment B of protein A. We report on the existence of transient helices and combinations of helices in the unfolded ensemble, and on the order of formation of helices, which appears to largely agree with previous experimental results. Transient local structure is observed even in the absence of overall native structure. We also calculate sets of residue-residue pairs that are statistically predictive of the formation of given local structures in our simulations.
Some more visualizations of villin from our earlier work can be found on this page.