Interface Propagation in Coiled-Coil Macromolecules
Ritwik Raj, Prashant K. Purohit, Paulo E. Arratia
GOAL: Determine the mechanical properties and kinetics of unfolding of coiled-coils.
MOTIVATION: Defects in the mechanics of coiled-coil type filaments, such as, vimentin and desmin, cause diseases like muscular dystrophy and premature ageing.
HYPOTHESIS: Unfolding of coiled-coils proceeds through interface propagation.
RESULTS: A two-state continuum model with propagating interfaces can predict thestructural transitions in DNA as well as myosin coiled-coils.
FUTURE WORK: Model the kinetics using Kramer’srate theory. Predict how protein will unfold in a fluidvelocity gradient produced in a microfluidic device.