Structural basis of hierarchical multiple substates of a protein. III: Side chain and main chain local conformations



An analysis is carried out of differences in the minimum energy conformations obtained in the previous paper by energy minimization starting from conformations sampled by a Monte Carlo simulation of conformational fluctuations in the native state of a globular protein, bovine pancreatictrypsin inhibitor. Main conformational differences in each pair of energy minima are found usually localized in several side chains and in a few localmain chain segments. Such side chains and local main chain segments are found to take a few distinct local conformations in the minimum energy conformations. Energy minimum conformations can thus be described in terms of combinations of these multiple local conformations.