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See detailMolecular dynamic simulation of the cyclic lipodepsipeptide Pseudodesmin A self-assembly
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Sinnaeve, Davy; Fehér, Krisztina et al

Conference (2014, February 10)

Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR1,2. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A ... [more ▼]

Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR1,2. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A is monomeric while in chloroform it has the same structure but assemble in a supramolecular complex. This structure could associate with membranes and be responsible of the biological activity of this peptide. Comparison of the NMR data between the two solvents has given indications on the intermolecular contacts that arise in chloroform and a model for the self association was proposed2,3. To study in more details this assembly, molecular dynamics have been carried on. In acetonitrile, the peptide show transient interactions while in chlorofom interactions between monomers was always observed. As stated in Sinnaeve et al. in 2009, these interactions arise mainly between the backbone protons of the LEU1 and the GLN2, the GLN2 sidechain and the loop located on the opposite end of the monomer structure. From 10 simulations of dimerization, hydrogen bonds were followed and specific interaction patterns were identified regarding the hydrogen bonds formed. The peptide interactions are mainly described by 13 interaction patterns; 8 with the peptides in a linear configuration, 1 perpendicular and 4 with peptides side by side. The patterns are characterized by 2 to 4 hydrogen bonds. From the linear dimer, it is possible to reconstruct filaments and, by combining a linear and a lateral dimer, it is possible to build fibrils with multi filaments, as expected in the NMR derived model. Besides, the perpendicular dimer can gives peptide rings that can also explain the potential ability of this peptide to form ion pores in membranes. 1. Sinnaeve, D., Michaux, C., Van hemel, J., Vandenkerckhove, J., Peys, E., Borremans, F. a. M., Sas, B., Wouters, J. and Martins, J. C. Tetrahedron 2009, 65, 4173–4181. 2. Sinnaeve, D., Hendrickx, P. M. S., Van Hemel, J., Peys, E., Kieffer, B. and Martins, J. C. Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 2009, 15, 12653–62. 3. Sinnaeve, D., Delsuc, M.-A., Martins, J. C. and Kieffer, B. Chemical Science 2012, 3, 1284. [less ▲]

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See detailSAHBNET, An Accessible Surface-Based Elastic Network to Insert a Protein in a Complex Lipid Membrane
Dony, Nicolas ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Conference (2013, November 11)

Study of membrane proteins have become one of the most challenging fields in biology. Solving their structure is one important step toward the understanding of their physiological activity but despite the ... [more ▼]

Study of membrane proteins have become one of the most challenging fields in biology. Solving their structure is one important step toward the understanding of their physiological activity but despite the recent advances in membrane protein crystallization, it represents less than 1 % of the entries in the Protein Data Bank. Therefore, calculation methods to study membrane proteins are helpful to complement experimental studies and fill the gap between the information obtained from the sequence and/or structure, the experimental results and the biological activity. Molecular Dynamics is a method of choice for membrane simulations and the rising of coarse-grained forcefields has opened the way to longer simulations with reduced calculations times. However, these approaches have two main drawbacks, the preparation of complex systems and the preservation of the 3D protein structure, which is not trivial in coarse grained approach. To circumvent these problems, we propose to use a modified version of the Gromacs tool genbox to easily insert lipids and a network based on hydrogen bonds and accessible surface to maintain the protein 3D structure. This protocol is available through a website (gcgs.gembloux.ulg.ac.be). [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular dynamic simulations of a beta amphiphilic peptide
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Deschamps, Antoine; Soumillion, Patrice et al

Conference (2013, October 03)

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See detailGaining speed in molecular dynamics simulations by implicit representation of water and membrane molecules
Steinhauer, Sven ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 19)

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of peptide-membrane systems and helps in analyzing results from experiments. In many cases, the ability of viral fusion proteins and ... [more ▼]

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of peptide-membrane systems and helps in analyzing results from experiments. In many cases, the ability of viral fusion proteins and toxins for destabilizing the membrane is due to their hydrophobic profile, leading to particular membrane insertion. By now, many relevant processes for drug design, toxicological studies and other fields of application, are not feasible by MD simulations, when each atom is represented over time. Processes such as protein folding, often take place above the time scales reachable by MD simulations, which are of the order of micro seconds. The necessary time effort for carrying out such simulations stays considerable and depends mainly on (1) the complexity of the simulated system (2) the simulated time scale (3) the simulation method (4) the efficiency of used hardware and software algorithms. Nowadays, MD simulations can still take weeks of calculation on high end computers. Impala is an implicit water and lipids forcefield, initially developed by our laboratory. Implicit forcefields replace water and/or lipid molecules by a couple of simple and partially precalculable equations. Using this method, thousands of water and lipid molecules can be replaced in MD simulations using Gromacs software. This leads to a considerable reduction of system complexity. The original Impala algorithm based on the assumption of rigid peptides and used a Monte Carlo algorithm with the aim of finding the insertion characteristics of these molecules in membranes. Our current work is the integration of the Impala forcefield into Gromacs, a freely accessible MD software. Replacing the aqueous and lipid phase atomic description in Gromacs MD by an implicit forcefield is supposed to lead to a gain of speed compared to full atomistic simulations. A gain of precision compared to Impala is expected, too. This will be achieved by turning molecules flexible, when implementing Impala into Gromacs. [less ▲]

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See detailSAHBNET, an Accessible Surface-Based Elastic Network: An Application to Membrane Protein
Dony, Nicolas ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2013), 14(6), 11510-26

Molecular Dynamics is a method of choice for membrane simulations and the rising of coarse-grained forcefields has opened the way to longer simulations with reduced calculations times. Here, we present an ... [more ▼]

Molecular Dynamics is a method of choice for membrane simulations and the rising of coarse-grained forcefields has opened the way to longer simulations with reduced calculations times. Here, we present an elastic network, SAHBNET (Surface Accessibility Hydrogen-Bonds elastic NETwork), that will maintain the structure of soluble or membrane proteins based on the hydrogen bonds present in the atomistic structure and the proximity between buried residues. This network is applied on the coarse-grained beads defined by the MARTINI model, and was designed to be more physics-based than a simple elastic network. The SAHBNET model is evaluated against atomistic simulations, and compared with ELNEDYN models. The SAHBNET is then used to simulate two membrane proteins inserted in complex lipid bilayers. These bilayers are formed by self-assembly and the use of a modified version of the GROMACS tool genbox (which is accessible through the gcgs.gembloux.ulg.ac.be website). The results show that SAHBNET keeps the structure close to the atomistic one and is successfully used for the simulation of membrane proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling simple lipid phase separation and effects of amphiphilic molecules on lipid domains
Lins, Laurence ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg; Mingeot-Leclercq, Marie-Paule et al

Poster (2013, April 28)

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See detailPrediction of membrane protein structures and TM interactions Rosetta and molecular dynamic studies
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Dony, Nicolas ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

The structures of membrane domains of the Divisome proteins and BlaR are not known and there is no homolog proteins of known structure to build homolgy models. Although the structure prediction of ... [more ▼]

The structures of membrane domains of the Divisome proteins and BlaR are not known and there is no homolog proteins of known structure to build homolgy models. Although the structure prediction of membrane proteins seems easier than for globular proteins, their ab initio prediction remains a difficult task. Only few methods have been used and validated on experimental pdb structures. By using the MARTINI or Bond coarse grain representation, the multimerization of transmembrane helices has been carried out by molecular dynamics, and the structure of several membrane proteins has been predicted by a tool of the Rosetta package. These methods are used here to predict the structure of the membrane embedded part of the politopic proteins from the divisome (FtsW, FtsK, FtsX and MraY) and BlaR. In a following part the MARTINI force field can be used to predict the TM helices interactions between the Divisome protein members. [less ▲]

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See detailIn silico study of antimicrobial cyclic peptides Sequence analysis, molecular modelling and multi-scale molecular dynamics
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Soumillion, Patrice; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

The selection and use of antimicrobial cyclic peptides is an active way of research. These peptides are naturally produced by several microorganisms et libraries of biosynthetic peptides are actually ... [more ▼]

The selection and use of antimicrobial cyclic peptides is an active way of research. These peptides are naturally produced by several microorganisms et libraries of biosynthetic peptides are actually build to find new antibiotics candidats. However, the mecanism of action of these peptides is not well known and it exists several hypothesis for their interactions with membrane. These peptides are causing broad perturbations to lipidic membranes and it has been shown that they can form disordered toroidal pores or self assemble as amphipathic nanotubes leading to lipid extrusion. Through the analysis of several peptides from the libraries of Pr Soumillion with increasing activity it will be possible to study the relation between the sequence/structure and the membrane activity of these peptides. This will help to decipher between preferential modes of action and the parameters important for the activity. [less ▲]

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See detailSAHBEN, an accessible surface-based elastic network to insert a protein in a complex lipid membrane
Dony, Nicolas ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, February 26)

Study of membrane proteins have become one of the most challenging fields in biology. Solving their structure is one important step toward the understanding of their physiological activity but despite the ... [more ▼]

Study of membrane proteins have become one of the most challenging fields in biology. Solving their structure is one important step toward the understanding of their physiological activity but despite the recent advances in membrane protein crystallization, it represents less than 1 % of the entries in the Protein Data Bank. Therefore, calculation methods to study membrane proteins are helpful to complement experimental studies and fill the gap between the information obtained from the sequence and/or structure, the experimental results and the biological activity. Molecular Dynamics (MD) is a method of choice for membrane simulations and the rising of coarse-grained forcefields has opened the way to longer simulations with reduced calculations times. However, these approaches have two main drawbacks, the preparation of the membrane system and the preservation of the 3D protein structure, which is not trivial in CG approach. To circumvent these problems, we propose to use a modified version of the Gromacs tool genbox to easily insert lipids and a network based on hydrogen bonds and accessible surface to maintain the protein 3D structure. This protocol is available through a website (gcgs.gembloux.ulg.ac.be). [less ▲]

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See detailModeling of non-covalent complexes of the cell-penetrating peptide CADY and its siRNA cargo
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Deshayes, Sébastien et al

in European Biophysics Journal [=EBJ] (2013), 42(S1), 63

CADY is a cell-penetrating peptide spontaneously making non-covalent complexes with short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in water. Neither the structure of CADY nor that of the complexes is resolved. We have ... [more ▼]

CADY is a cell-penetrating peptide spontaneously making non-covalent complexes with short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in water. Neither the structure of CADY nor that of the complexes is resolved. We have calculated and analyzed 3D models of CADY and of the non-covalent CADY–siRNA complexes in order to understand their formation and stabilization. Data from the ab initio calculations and molecular dynamics support that, in agreement with the experimental data, CADY is a polymorphic peptide partly helical. We calculated and compared several complexes with peptide/siRNA ratios of up to 40. The initial binding of CADYs is essentially due to the electrostatic interactions of the arginines with siRNA phosphates. Due to a repetitive arginine motif (XLWR(K)), CADYs can adopt multiple positions at the siRNA surface. Nevertheless, several complex properties are common: an average of 14 ± 1 CADYs is required to saturate a siRNA. The 40 CADYs/siRNA that is the optimal ratio for vector stability always corresponds to two layers of CADYs per siRNA and the peptide cage is stabilized by hydrophobic CADY–CADY contacts. The analysis demonstrates that the hydrophobicity, the positive charges and the polymorphism of CADY are mandatory to make stable the CADY–siRNA complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of surfactin on membrane models displaying lipid phase separation.
Deleu, Magali ULg; Lorent, Joseph; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2013), 1828(2), 801-815

Surfactin, a bacterial amphiphilic lipopeptide is attracting more and more attention in view of its bioactive properties which are in relation with its ability to interact with lipids of biological ... [more ▼]

Surfactin, a bacterial amphiphilic lipopeptide is attracting more and more attention in view of its bioactive properties which are in relation with its ability to interact with lipids of biological membranes. In this work, we investigated the effect of surfactin on membrane structure using model of membranes, vesicles as well as supported bilayers, presenting coexistence of fluid-disordered (DOPC) and gel (DPPC) phases. A range of complementary methods was used including AFM, ellipsometry, dynamic light scattering, fluorescence measurements of Laurdan, DPH, calcein release, and octadecylrhodamine B dequenching. Our findings demonstrated that surfactin concentration is critical for its effect on the membrane. The results suggest that the presence of rigid domains can play an essential role in the first step of surfactin insertion and that surfactin interacts both with the membrane polar heads and the acyl chain region. A mechanism for the surfactin lipid membrane interaction, consisting of three sequential structural and morphological changes, is proposed. At concentrations below the CMC, surfactin inserted at the boundary between gel and fluid lipid domains, inhibited phase separation and stiffened the bilayer without global morphological change of liposomes. At concentrations close to CMC, surfactin solubilized the fluid phospholipid phase and increased order in the remainder of the lipid bilayer. At higher surfactin concentrations, both the fluid and the rigid bilayer structures were dissolved into mixed micelles and other structures presenting a wide size distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailReplacing explicit water and lipids by implicit representation in molecular dynamics simulations
Steinhauer, Sven ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (2012, September 11)

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of biomolecular systems and helps in explaining results from wet lab experiments or in getting further insight into details, which are ... [more ▼]

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of biomolecular systems and helps in explaining results from wet lab experiments or in getting further insight into details, which are not accessible by experimental methods(Lindahl, 2008). By now, many biologically relevant processes for drug design, toxicological studies and other fields of application, can not be performed by atomistic MD simulations (Lindahl, 2008). <br />In MD, the necessary time effort for carrying out a simulation is considerable and depends mainly on (1) the complexity of the simulated system (2) the simulated time scale (3) the simulation method (4) the efficiency of used hardware and software algorithms. Carried out MD simulations nowadays may still take weeks of calculation on high end computers. <br /> <br />In practice, biologically relevant processes, as e.g. protein folding, take usually place above the time scale of milli seconds. They can take up to the order of some thousands of seconds (in case of the folding of membrane proteins). Molecular dynamics computer simulations have reached the scale of micro seconds for simulations of systems where each atom was described and simulated over time.(Lindahl, 2008) <br /> <br />Nevertheless, MD has risen to an important promoter methodology for many different fields of application. By replacing bunches of atoms by artificial particles, complexity of the systems can be reduced. This method is called the coarse grain method (CG). Biggin and Bond (2008) found an acceleration of their simulation processes for self assembling membrane / protein systems in water by factor 100. They estimated one to two days of calculation for a simulated time scale of 0.1 to 0.2 micro seconds for their systems. <br /> <br />Implicit force fields like "IMPALA", aim to describe water and/or membrane molecules in simulations by a couple of simple and partially precalculable equations. “IMPALA” is a force field initially developed by our laboratory. Using this method, thousands of water and lipid molecules can be replaced, leading to a reduced complexity of the system to be simulated. <br />"IMPALA"(Ducarme et al., 1998) based on the assumption of rigid peptides and aimed to find the insertion characteristics of such in membranes. Elimination of the necessity for simulating the aqueous and lipid phase atom by atom in the software package "Gromacs"(Berendsen et al., 1995) will permit both: a gain of speed, as it was already the case for the introduction of the coarse grain method, and a gain of precision by turning rigid molecules flexible through "Gromacs". Our current work is the integration of the "IMPALA" implicit force field into "Gromacs". <br /> <br />Biggin, P.C. & Bond, P.J. Molecular dynamics simulations of membrane proteins. Methods Mol. Biol. 443, 147-60(2008). <br />Berendsen, et al. (1995) Comp. Phys. Comm. 91: 43-56. <br />Ducarme, P., Rahman, M. & Brasseur, R. IMPALA: a simple restraint field to simulate the biological membrane in molecular structure studies. Proteins 30, 357-71(1998). <br />Lindahl, E.R. (2008). Molecular dynamics simulations. Methods Mol. Biol. 443, 3-23. [less ▲]

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See detailReplacing explicit water and membrane molecules in molecular dynamics simulation to boost simulation speed
Steinhauer, Sven ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of biomolecular systems and helps in explaining results from wet lab experiments or in getting further insight into details, which are ... [more ▼]

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of biomolecular systems and helps in explaining results from wet lab experiments or in getting further insight into details, which are not accessible by experimental methods(Lindahl, 2008). By now, many biologically relevant processes for drug design, toxicological studies and other fields of application, can not be performed by atomistic MD simulations (Lindahl, 2008). In MD, the necessary time effort for carrying out a simulation is considerable and depends mainly on (1) the complexity of the simulated system (2) the simulated time scale (3) the simulation method (4) the efficiency of used hardware and software algorithms. Carried out MD simulations nowadays may still take weeks of calculation on high end computers. In practice, biologically relevant processes, as e.g. protein folding, take usually place above the time scale of milli seconds. They can take up to the order of some thousands of seconds (in case of the folding of membrane proteins). Molecular dynamics computer simulations have reached the scale of micro seconds for simulations of systems where each atom was described and simulated over time.(Lindahl, 2008) Nevertheless, MD has risen to an important promoter methodology for many different fields of application. By replacing bunches of atoms by artificial particles, complexity of the systems can be reduced. This method is called the coarse grain method (CG). Biggin and Bond (2008) found an acceleration of their simulation processes for self assembling membrane / protein systems in water by factor 100. They estimated one to two days of calculation for a simulated time scale of 0.1 to 0.2 micro seconds for their systems. Implicit force fields like "IMPALA", aim to describe water and/or membrane molecules in simulations by a couple of simple and partially precalculable equations. “IMPALA” is a force field initially developed by our laboratory. Using this method, thousands of water and lipid molecules can be replaced, leading to a reduced complexity of the system to be simulated. "IMPALA"(Ducarme et al., 1998) based on the assumption of rigid peptides and aimed to find the insertion characteristics of such in membranes. Elimination of the necessity for simulating the aqueous and lipid phase atom by atom in the software package "Gromacs"(Berendsen et al., 1995) will permit both: a gain of speed, as it was already the case for the introduction of the coarse grain method, and a gain of precision by turning rigid molecules flexible through "Gromacs". Our current work is the integration of the "IMPALA" implicit force field into "Gromacs". Biggin, P.C. & Bond, P.J. Molecular dynamics simulations of membrane proteins. Methods Mol. Biol. 443, 147-60(2008). Berendsen, et al. (1995) Comp. Phys. Comm. 91: 43-56. Ducarme, P., Rahman, M. & Brasseur, R. IMPALA: a simple restraint field to simulate the biological membrane in molecular structure studies. Proteins 30, 357-71(1998). Lindahl, E.R. (2008). Molecular dynamics simulations. Methods Mol. Biol. 443, 3-23. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-Scale Simulation of the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Fusion Peptide.
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Parton, Daniel L.; Hall, Benjamin A. et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2012)

Fusion peptides of type I fusion glycoproteins are structural elements of several enveloped viruses which enable the fusion between host and virus membranes. It is generally suggested that these peptides ... [more ▼]

Fusion peptides of type I fusion glycoproteins are structural elements of several enveloped viruses which enable the fusion between host and virus membranes. It is generally suggested that these peptides can promote the early fusion steps by inducing membrane curvature and that they adopt a tilted helical conformation in membranes. Although this property has been the subject of several experimental and in silico studies, an extensive sampling of the membrane peptide interaction has not yet been done. In this study, we performed coarse-grained molecular dynamic simulations in which the lipid bilayer self-assembles around the peptide. The simulations indicate that the SIV fusion peptide can adopt two different orientations in a DPPC bilayer, a major population which adopts a tilted interfacial orientation and a minor population which is perpendicular to the bilayer. The simulations also indicate that for the SIV mutant that does not induce fusion in vitro the tilt is abolished. [less ▲]

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