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Molecular Dynamics Simulations on Pars Intercerebralis Major Peptide-C (PMP-C) Reveal the Role of Glycosylation and Disulfide Bonds in its Enhanced Structural Stability and Function

Fucosylation of Thr 9 in pars intercerebralis major peptide-C (PMP-C) enhances its structural stability and functional ability as a serine protease inhibitor. In order to understand the role of disulfide bonds and glycosylation on the structure and function of PMP-C, we have carried out multiple explicit solvent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on fucosylated and non-fucosylated forms of PMP-C, both in the presence and absence of the disulfide bonds. Our simulations revealed that there were no significant structural changes in the native disulfide bonded forms of PMP-C due to fucosylation. On the other hand, the non-fucosylated form of PMP-C without disulfide bonds showed larger deviations from the starting structure than the fucosylated form. However, the structural deviations were restricted to the terminal regions while core β-sheet retained its hydrogen bonded structure even in absence of disulfide bonds as well as fucosylation. Interestingly, fucosylation of disulfide bonded native PMP-C led to a decreased thermal flexibility in the residue stretch 29-32 which is known to interact with the active site of the target proteases. Our analysis revealed that disulfide bonds covalently connect the residue stretch 29-32 to the central β-sheet of PMP-C and using a novel network of side chain interactions and disulfide bonds fucosylation at Thr 9 is altering the flexibility of the stretch 29-32 located at a distal site. Thus, our simulations explain for the first time, how presence of disulfide bonds between conserved cysteines and fucosylation enhance the function of PMP-C as a protease inhibitor.

This article can be cited as:
S. Kaushik, D. Mohanty, A. Surolia, Molecular Dynamics Simulations on Pars Intercerebralis Major Peptide-C (PMP-C) Reveal the Role of Glycosylation and Disulfide Bonds in its Enhanced Structural Stability and Function J. Biomol Struct Dyn 29(5), 905-920 (2012).

Sandeep Kaushik
Debasisa Mohanty*
Avadhesha Surolia*

National Institute of Immunology, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi-110067

*Corresponding authors:
Debasisa Mohanty
Avadhesha Surolia
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Fax: 191-11-26742125
E-mail: deb@nii.res.in
surolia@nii.res.in

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