To construct a new model of the propagation mechanism of infectious scrapie-type prion protein (PrPSc), here we conducted a disruption simulation of a PrPSc nonamer using structure-based molecular dynamics simulation method based on a hypothetical PrPSc model structure. The simulation results showed that the nonamer disrupted in cooperative manners into monomers via two significant intermediate states: (1) a nonamer with a partially unfolded surface trimer and (2) a hexamer and three monomers. Dimers and trimers were rarely observed. Then, we propose a new PrPSc propagation mechanism where a hexamer plays an essential role as a minimum infectious unit.
|ジャーナル||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|出版ステータス||Published - 2007 9 28|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology