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Structure and functional dynamics characterization of the ion channel of the human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) small hydrophobic protein (SH) transmembrane domain by combining molecular dynamics with excited normal modes

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Araujo, Gabriela C. ; Silva, Ricardo H. T. ; Scott, Luis P. B. ; Araujo, Alexandre S. ; Souza, Fatima P. ; de Oliveira, Ronaldo Junio
Número total de Autores: 6
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Journal of Molecular Modeling; v. 22, n. 12 DEC 2016.
Citações Web of Science: 7
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The human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) is the major cause of lower respiratory tract infection in children and elderly people worldwide. Its genome encodes 11 proteins including SH protein, whose functions are not well known. Studies show that SH protein increases RSV virulence degree and permeability to small compounds, suggesting it is involved in the formation of ion channels. The knowledge of SH structure and function is fundamental for a better understanding of its infection mechanism. The aim of this study was to model, characterize, and analyze the structural behavior of SH protein in the phospholipids bilayer environment. Molecular modeling of SH pentameric structure was performed, followed by traditional molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the protein immersed in the lipid bilayer. Molecular dynamics with excited normal modes (MDeNM) was applied in the resulting system in order to investigate long time scale pore dynamics. MD simulations support that SH protein is stable in its pentameric form. Simulations also showed the presence of water molecules within the bilayer by density distribution, thus confirming that SH protein is a viroporin. This water transport was also observed in MDeNM studies with histidine residues of five chains (His22 and His51), playing a key role in pore permeability. The combination of traditional MD and MDeNM was a very efficient protocol to investigate functional conformational changes of transmembrane proteins that act as molecular channels. This protocol can support future investigations of drug candidates by acting on SH protein to inhibit viral infection. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 10/18169-3 - Estudo de processos físico-químicos relacionados à complexação de íons de metais pesados de interesse ambiental por calix[4]arenos utilizando simulações de dinâmica molecular
Beneficiário:Alexandre Suman de Araujo
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular
Processo FAPESP: 11/17658-3 - Estudos computacionais em enovelamento de proteínas e aplicações no estudo de enzimas envolvidas na geração de bioetanol
Beneficiário:Vitor Barbanti Pereira Leite
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular