TitleEnergetic Calculations to Decipher pH-Dependent Oligomerization and Domain Swapping of Proteins.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsShingate P, Warwicker J, Sowdhamini R
JournalPLoS One
Date Published2015

Domain swapping mechanism is a specialised mode of oligomerization of proteins in which part of a protein is exchanged in a non-covalent manner between constituent subunits. This mechanism is highly affected by several physiological conditions. Here, we present a detailed analysis ofthe effect of pH on different regions of the domain swapped oligomer by considering examples which are known to be sensitive to pH in transiting from monomeric to domain-swapped dimeric form. The energetic calculations were performed using a specialized method which considers changes in pH and subsequent changes in the interactions between subunits. This analysis provides definitive hints about the pH-dependence switch from monomer to domain-swapped oligomer and the steps that may be involved in the swapping mechanism.

Alternate JournalPLoS ONE
PubMed ID26043007
PubMed Central IDPMC4456399