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High-resolution crystal structures of protein helices reconciled with three-centered hydrogen bonds and multipole electrostatics.

Kuster DJ, Liu C, Fang Z, Ponder JW, Marshall GR - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: The reason why they have been overlooked by structural biologists depends on the small crankshaft-like changes in orientation of the amide bond that allows maintenance of the overall helical parameters (helix pitch (p) and residues per turn (n)).The Pauling 3.6(13) α-helix fits the high-resolution experimental data with the minor exception of the amide-carbonyl electron density, but the previously associated backbone torsional angles (Φ, Ψ) needed slight modification to be reconciled with three-atom centered H-bonds and multipole electrostatics.Thus, a new standard helix, the 3.6(13/10)-, Némethy- or N-helix, is proposed.

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Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, United States of America.

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Theoretical and experimental evidence for non-linear hydrogen bonds in protein helices is ubiquitous. In particular, amide three-centered hydrogen bonds are common features of helices in high-resolution crystal structures of proteins. These high-resolution structures (1.0 to 1.5 Å nominal crystallographic resolution) position backbone atoms without significant bias from modeling constraints and identify Φ = -62°, ψ = -43 as the consensus backbone torsional angles of protein helices. These torsional angles preserve the atomic positions of α-β carbons of the classic Pauling α-helix while allowing the amide carbonyls to form bifurcated hydrogen bonds as first suggested by Némethy et al. in 1967. Molecular dynamics simulations of a capped 12-residue oligoalanine in water with AMOEBA (Atomic Multipole Optimized Energetics for Biomolecular Applications), a second-generation force field that includes multipole electrostatics and polarizability, reproduces the experimentally observed high-resolution helical conformation and correctly reorients the amide-bond carbonyls into bifurcated hydrogen bonds. This simple modification of backbone torsional angles reconciles experimental and theoretical views to provide a unified view of amide three-centered hydrogen bonds as crucial components of protein helices. The reason why they have been overlooked by structural biologists depends on the small crankshaft-like changes in orientation of the amide bond that allows maintenance of the overall helical parameters (helix pitch (p) and residues per turn (n)). The Pauling 3.6(13) α-helix fits the high-resolution experimental data with the minor exception of the amide-carbonyl electron density, but the previously associated backbone torsional angles (Φ, Ψ) needed slight modification to be reconciled with three-atom centered H-bonds and multipole electrostatics. Thus, a new standard helix, the 3.6(13/10)-, Némethy- or N-helix, is proposed. Due to the use of constraints from monopole force fields and assumed secondary structures used in low-resolution refinement of electron density of proteins, such structures in the PDB often show linear hydrogen bonding.

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Potential surfaces for torsional force-fields surfaces surrounding helical conformations for A. AMBER99sb, B. AMOEBABIO09, C. CHARMM22, D. OPLS-AA, and E. OPLS-AAL versus F. QM—MP2/6-311(1d,1p) basis set.
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pone.0123146.g017: Potential surfaces for torsional force-fields surfaces surrounding helical conformations for A. AMBER99sb, B. AMOEBABIO09, C. CHARMM22, D. OPLS-AA, and E. OPLS-AAL versus F. QM—MP2/6-311(1d,1p) basis set.

Mentions: As a baseline for comparison, the potential surfaces around helical conformations of Ac-Ala-Ala-Ala-NMe were generated in vacuo using the three monopole force fields and AMOEBA. These were compared with MP2/6-311(1d,1p) quantum calculations that sampled the same grid points (ϕ = -100 → 0, ψ = -70 → 0). Energies greater than the minimum by more than 20 kcal/mol were normalized to make the picture clearer. The six plots (Fig 17) show potential surfaces around the helical conformers, which clearly demonstrate significant differences in conformer stability and the limited activation energy barriers between them.


High-resolution crystal structures of protein helices reconciled with three-centered hydrogen bonds and multipole electrostatics.

Kuster DJ, Liu C, Fang Z, Ponder JW, Marshall GR - PLoS ONE (2015)

Potential surfaces for torsional force-fields surfaces surrounding helical conformations for A. AMBER99sb, B. AMOEBABIO09, C. CHARMM22, D. OPLS-AA, and E. OPLS-AAL versus F. QM—MP2/6-311(1d,1p) basis set.
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pone.0123146.g017: Potential surfaces for torsional force-fields surfaces surrounding helical conformations for A. AMBER99sb, B. AMOEBABIO09, C. CHARMM22, D. OPLS-AA, and E. OPLS-AAL versus F. QM—MP2/6-311(1d,1p) basis set.
Mentions: As a baseline for comparison, the potential surfaces around helical conformations of Ac-Ala-Ala-Ala-NMe were generated in vacuo using the three monopole force fields and AMOEBA. These were compared with MP2/6-311(1d,1p) quantum calculations that sampled the same grid points (ϕ = -100 → 0, ψ = -70 → 0). Energies greater than the minimum by more than 20 kcal/mol were normalized to make the picture clearer. The six plots (Fig 17) show potential surfaces around the helical conformers, which clearly demonstrate significant differences in conformer stability and the limited activation energy barriers between them.

Bottom Line: The reason why they have been overlooked by structural biologists depends on the small crankshaft-like changes in orientation of the amide bond that allows maintenance of the overall helical parameters (helix pitch (p) and residues per turn (n)).The Pauling 3.6(13) α-helix fits the high-resolution experimental data with the minor exception of the amide-carbonyl electron density, but the previously associated backbone torsional angles (Φ, Ψ) needed slight modification to be reconciled with three-atom centered H-bonds and multipole electrostatics.Thus, a new standard helix, the 3.6(13/10)-, Némethy- or N-helix, is proposed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Theoretical and experimental evidence for non-linear hydrogen bonds in protein helices is ubiquitous. In particular, amide three-centered hydrogen bonds are common features of helices in high-resolution crystal structures of proteins. These high-resolution structures (1.0 to 1.5 Å nominal crystallographic resolution) position backbone atoms without significant bias from modeling constraints and identify Φ = -62°, ψ = -43 as the consensus backbone torsional angles of protein helices. These torsional angles preserve the atomic positions of α-β carbons of the classic Pauling α-helix while allowing the amide carbonyls to form bifurcated hydrogen bonds as first suggested by Némethy et al. in 1967. Molecular dynamics simulations of a capped 12-residue oligoalanine in water with AMOEBA (Atomic Multipole Optimized Energetics for Biomolecular Applications), a second-generation force field that includes multipole electrostatics and polarizability, reproduces the experimentally observed high-resolution helical conformation and correctly reorients the amide-bond carbonyls into bifurcated hydrogen bonds. This simple modification of backbone torsional angles reconciles experimental and theoretical views to provide a unified view of amide three-centered hydrogen bonds as crucial components of protein helices. The reason why they have been overlooked by structural biologists depends on the small crankshaft-like changes in orientation of the amide bond that allows maintenance of the overall helical parameters (helix pitch (p) and residues per turn (n)). The Pauling 3.6(13) α-helix fits the high-resolution experimental data with the minor exception of the amide-carbonyl electron density, but the previously associated backbone torsional angles (Φ, Ψ) needed slight modification to be reconciled with three-atom centered H-bonds and multipole electrostatics. Thus, a new standard helix, the 3.6(13/10)-, Némethy- or N-helix, is proposed. Due to the use of constraints from monopole force fields and assumed secondary structures used in low-resolution refinement of electron density of proteins, such structures in the PDB often show linear hydrogen bonding.

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