Molecular dynamics simulation on the effect of transition metal binding to the N-terminal fragment of amyloid-β

Turner, Matthew, Mutter, Shaun T. ORCID logoORCID: and Platts, James A. (2019) Molecular dynamics simulation on the effect of transition metal binding to the N-terminal fragment of amyloid-β. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 37 (17) . pp. 4590-4600. ISSN 0739-1102 [Article] (doi:10.1080/07391102.2018.1555490)

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We report molecular dynamics simulations of three possible adducts of Fe(II) to the N-terminal 1–16 fragments of the amyloid-β peptide, along with analogous simulations of Cu(II) and Zn(II) adducts. We find that multiple simulations from different starting points reach pseudo-equilibration within 100–300 ns, leading to over 900 ns of equilibrated trajectory data for each system. The specifics of the coordination modes for Fe(II) have only a weak effect on peptide secondary and tertiary structures, and we therefore compare one of these with analogous models of Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes. All share broadly similar structural features, with mixture of coil, turn and bend in the N-terminal region and helical structure for residues 11–16. Within this overall pattern, subtle effects due to changes in metal are evident: Fe(II) complexes are more compact and are more likely to occupy bridge and ribbon regions of Ramachandran maps, while Cu(II) coordination leads to greater occupancy of the poly-proline region. Analysis of representative clusters in terms of molecular mechanics energy and atoms-in-molecules properties indicates similarity of four-coordinate Cu and Zn complexes, compared to five-coordinate Fe complex that exhibits lower stability and weaker metal–ligand bonding.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 26140
Notes on copyright: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 10:25
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