Genetically engineered gold-binding polypeptides: Structure prediction and molecular dynamics

Rosemary Braun, Mehmet Sarikaya, Klaus Schulten*

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The biological control of inorganic crystal formation, morphology, and assembly is of interest to biologists and biotechnologists studying hard tissue growth and regeneration, as well as to materials scientists using biomimetic approaches for the control of inorganic material fabrication and assembly. Biomimetics requires an accurate understanding of natural mechanisms at the molecular level. Such understanding can be derived from the use of metal surfaces to study surface recognition by proteins together with combinatorial genetics techniques for the selection of suitable peptides. Polymerization of these peptides produces engineered polypeptides large enough to encode their own folding information with low structural complexity, while enhancing binding affinity to surfaces. The low complexity of such polypeptides can aid in analyses, leading to modeling and eventual manipulation of the structure of the folded polypeptide. This paper presents structure predictions for gold-binding protein sequences, originally selected by combinatorial techniques. Molecular dynamics simulations lasting 5 ns were carried out using solvated polypeptides at the gold surface to assess the dynamics of the binding process and the effects of surface topography on the specificity of protein binding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-757
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002


  • Biomimetics
  • Gold
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Protein design
  • Surface binding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


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