Simultaneous prediction of binding free energy and specificity for PDZ domain-peptide interactions.

Crivelli JJ, Lemmon G, Kaufmann KW, Meiler J
J Comput Aided Mol Des. 2013 27 (12): 1051-65

PMID: 24305904 · PMCID: PMC3909503 · DOI:10.1007/s10822-013-9696-9

Interactions between protein domains and linear peptides underlie many biological processes. Among these interactions, the recognition of C-terminal peptides by PDZ domains is one of the most ubiquitous. In this work, we present a mathematical model for PDZ domain-peptide interactions capable of predicting both affinity and specificity of binding based on X-ray crystal structures and comparative modeling with ROSETTA. We developed our mathematical model using a large phage display dataset describing binding specificity for a wild type PDZ domain and 91 single mutants, as well as binding affinity data for a wild type PDZ domain binding to 28 different peptides. Structural refinement was carried out through several ROSETTA protocols, the most accurate of which included flexible peptide docking and several iterations of side chain repacking and backbone minimization. Our findings emphasize the importance of backbone flexibility and the energetic contributions of side chain-side chain hydrogen bonds in accurately predicting interactions. We also determined that predicting PDZ domain-peptide interactions became increasingly challenging as the length of the peptide increased in the N-terminal direction. In the training dataset, predicted binding energies correlated with those derived through calorimetry and specificity switches introduced through single mutations at interface positions were recapitulated. In independent tests, our best performing protocol was capable of predicting dissociation constants well within one order of magnitude of the experimental values and specificity profiles at the level of accuracy of previous studies. To our knowledge, this approach represents the first integrated protocol for predicting both affinity and specificity for PDZ domain-peptide interactions.

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Binding Sites Disks Large Homolog 4 Protein Entropy Humans Hydrogen Bonding Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins Membrane Proteins Models, Molecular Models, Theoretical Molecular Dynamics Simulation PDZ Domains Peptide Fragments Protein Binding Protein Conformation Protein Interaction Domains and Motifs Thermodynamics

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