Normal mode based fitting of atomic structure into electron density maps: application to SR Ca-ATPase

Abstract : A method for the flexible docking of high resolution atomic structures into lower resolution densities derived from electron microscopy is presented. The atomic structure is deformed by an iterative process using combinations of normal modes to obtain the best fit of the electron microscopical density. The quality of the computed structures have been evaluated by several techniques borrowed from crystallography. Two atomic structures of the SERCA1 Ca-ATPase correponding to different conformations were used as a starting point to fit the electron density corresponding to a different conformation. The fitted models have been compared to published models obtained by rigid domain docking, and their relation to the known crystallographic structures are explored by normal mode analysis. We find that only a few number of modes contribute significantly to the transition. The associated motions involve almost exclusively rotation and translation of the cytoplamic domains as well as displacement of cytoplasmic loops. We suggest that the movements of the cytoplasmic domains are driven by the conformational change that occurs between non-phosphorylated and phosphorylated intermediate, the latter being mimicked by the presence of vanadate at the phosphorylation site in the electron microscopy structure.
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Konrad Hinsen, Nathalie Reuter, Jorge Navaza, David L. Stokes, Jean-Jacques Lacapère. Normal mode based fitting of atomic structure into electron density maps: application to SR Ca-ATPase. Biophysical Journal, Biophysical Society, 2005, 88, pp.818. ⟨10.1529/biophysj.104.050716⟩. ⟨hal-00015408⟩



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