Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of HLA-A*0201 complexed with a tumor-specific antigenic peptide: can the α3 and β2m domains be neglected?

Shunzhou Wan, Peter Coveney, Darren R. Flower

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Abstract

Large-scale massively parallel molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the human class I major histo-compatibility complex (MHC) protein HLA-A*0201 bound to a decameric tumor-specific antigenic peptide GVY-DGREHTV were performed using a scalable MD code on high-performance computing platforms. Such computational capabilities put us in reach of simulations of various scales and complexities. The supercomputing resources available Large-scale massively parallel molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the human class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) protein HLA-A*0201 bound to a decameric tumor-specific antigenic peptide GVYDGREHTV were performed using a scalable MD code on high-performance computing platforms. Such computational capabilities put us in reach of simulations of various scales and complexities. The supercomputing resources available for this study allow us to compare directly differences in the behavior of very large molecular models; in this case, the entire extracellular portion of the peptide–MHC complex vs. the isolated peptide binding domain. Comparison of the results from the partial and the whole system simulations indicates that the peptide is less tightly bound in the partial system than in the whole system. From a detailed study of conformations, solvent-accessible surface area, the nature of the water network structure, and the binding energies, we conclude that, when considering the conformation of the α1–α2 domain, the α3 and β2m domains cannot be neglected. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comput Chem 25: 1803–1813, 2004
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1803-1813
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
Volume25
Issue number15
Early online date22 Sep 2004
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2004

Keywords

  • immuogenic peptide
  • mhc class i
  • hla-a*0201
  • large-scale molecular dynamics

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