Mechanical vibration in the Terahertz range is believed to be connected with protein functions. In this paper, we present the results of a normal-mode analysis (modal analysis) of a Na/K-ATPase all-atom model, focusing the attention on low-frequency vibration modes. The numerical model helps in the interpretation of experimental results previously obtained by the authors via Raman spectroscopy of Na/K-ATPase samples, where several unassigned peaks were found in the sub-500 cm−1 range. In particular, vibration modes corresponding to peaks at 27, 190 and 300 cm−1, found experimentally, are confirmed here numerically, together with some other modes at lower frequencies (wavenumbers) that were not possible to observe in the experimental test. All the aforementioned modes correspond to vibrations involving the protein ends, i.e. portions directly related to the operating mechanism of the sodium-potassium pump.
|Titolo:||Terahertz vibration modes in Na/K-ATPase|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/07391102.2018.1425638|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|