[Optimal relationship between average conformational entropy and average energy of interactions between residues for fast protein folding]

Biofizika. 2006 Jul-Aug;51(4):622-32.
[Article in Russian]


Based on the known experimental data and using the theoretical modeling of protein folding, we demonstrate that there exists an optimal relationship between the average conformational entropy and the average energy of contacts per residue, that is an entropy capacity, for fast protein folding. Statistical analysis of conformational entropy and the number of contacts per residue for 5829 protein structures from four general structural classes (all-alpha, all-beta, +/-/beta, alpha+beta) demonstrates that each class of proteins has its own class-specific average number of contacts and average conformational entropy per residue. These class-specific features determine the folding rates: a proteins are the fastest folding proteins, then follow beta and alpha+beta proteins, and finally alpha/beta proteins are the slowest ones.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Protein
  • Entropy
  • Models, Chemical*
  • Protein Denaturation
  • Protein Folding*
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Proteins / chemistry*


  • Proteins