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Co-evolutionary constraints of globular proteins correlate with their folding rates

By Saurav Mallik and Sudip Kundu


AbstractFolding rates (lnkf) of globular proteins correlate with their biophysical properties, but relationship between lnkf and patterns of sequence evolution remains elusive. We introduce ‘relative co-evolution order’ (rCEO) as length-normalized average primary chain separation of co-evolving pairs (CEPs), which negatively correlates with lnkf. In addition to pairs in native 3D contact, indirectly connected and structurally remote CEPs probably also play critical roles in protein folding. Correlation between rCEO and lnkf is stronger in multi-state proteins than two-state proteins, contrasting the case of contact order (co), where stronger correlation is found in two-state proteins. Finally, rCEO, co and lnkf are fitted into a 3D linear correlation

Publisher: Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.febslet.2015.06.032
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