Dynamics of OmpF Trimer Formation in the Bacterial Outer Membrane of Escherichia coli

Huilin Ma, Aliza Khan, Shikha Nangia

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Abstract

The self-assembly of outer membrane protein F (OmpF) in the outer membrane of Escherichia coli Gram-negative bacteria was studied using multiscale molecular dynamics simulations. To accommodate the long time scale required for protein assembly, coarse-grained parametrization of E. coli outer membrane lipids was first developed. The OmpF monomers formed stable dimers at specific protein-protein interactions sites irrespective of the lipid membrane environment. The dimer intermediate was asymmetric but provided a template to form a symmetric trimer. Superposition analysis of the self-assembled trimer with the X-ray crystal structure of the trimer available in the protein data bank showed excellent agreement with global root-mean-square deviation of less than 2.2 Å. The free energy change associated with dimer formation was -26 ± 1 kcal mol-1, and for a dimer to bind to a monomer and to form a trimer yielded -56 ± 4 kcal mol-1. Based on thermodynamic data, an alternate path to trimer formation via interaction of two dimers is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5623-5634
Number of pages12
JournalLangmuir
Volume34
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2018

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Dynamics of OmpF Trimer Formation in the Bacterial Outer Membrane of Escherichia coli. / Ma, Huilin; Khan, Aliza; Nangia, Shikha.

In: Langmuir, Vol. 34, No. 19, 15.05.2018, p. 5623-5634.

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Ma, Huilin ; Khan, Aliza ; Nangia, Shikha. / Dynamics of OmpF Trimer Formation in the Bacterial Outer Membrane of Escherichia coli. In: Langmuir. 2018 ; Vol. 34, No. 19. pp. 5623-5634.
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