Noninteracting local-structure model of folding and unfolding transition in globular proteins. II. Application to two-dimensional lattice proteins
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2004
Copyright © 1981 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 20, Issue 5, pages 1013–1031, May 1981
How to Cite
Abe, H. and GŌ, N. (1981), Noninteracting local-structure model of folding and unfolding transition in globular proteins. II. Application to two-dimensional lattice proteins. Biopolymers, 20: 1013–1031. doi: 10.1002/bip.1981.360200512
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 NOV 1980
- Manuscript Received: 14 JUL 1980
The noninteracting local-structure model of the folding and unfolding transition in globular proteins, the formulation of which was given in the preceding paper, is applied to the analysis of the two-dimensional lattice model of proteins. The lattice model of proteins is a theoretical tool designed to study the statistical-mechanical aspect of the folding and unfolding transition. Its dynamics have been studied by a method of Monte Carlo simulation. The noninteracting local-structure model reproduces the equilibrium properties of the lattice model obtained previously by computer simulation remarkably well, when the specificity of the long-range interactions is strong. This observation indicates that the basic assumption of the noninteracting local-structure model is equivalent to the assumption of strong specificity of intramolecular interactions. It is argued that by assuming this strong specificity, we can emphasize the correct main paths of folding and unfolding transition. The way local structures grow and/or merge along the most probable path of folding in the lattice model is discussed by the noninteracting local-structure model.