We apply the Blue Moon constrained Molecular Dynamics technique to study a particular case of molecular recognition, one of the main issues of modern molecular biology. We investigate the effects of mutation of interface residues on the binding strength of the dimeric protein Superoxide dismutase from Photobacterium leiognathi. With our technique we produce a specific path describing the separation of the dimers and we calculate the effective mean force involved in the process. We apply the method to two mutants and compare the results with those obtained in an earlier calculation on the native enzyme. The method is sensitive to the mutations and allows us to establish a semi-quantitative hierarchy for the association strengths of the three enzymes.
Effective binding force calculation in dimeric proteins / Maragliano, L.; Ferrario, M.; Ciccotti, G.. - In: MOLECULAR SIMULATION. - ISSN 0892-7022. - 30:11-12(2004), pp. 807-816. [10.1080/0892702042000270205]