Multiscale simulation of actin filaments and actin-associated proteins

Biophys Rev. 2018 Dec;10(6):1521-1535. doi: 10.1007/s12551-018-0474-8. Epub 2018 Oct 31.


Actin is an important cytoskeletal protein that serves as a building block to form filament networks that span across the cell. These networks are orchestrated by a myriad of other cytoskeletal entities including the unbranched filament-forming protein formin and branched network-forming protein complex Arp2/3. Computational models have been able to provide insights into many important structural transitions that are involved in forming these networks, and into the nature of interactions essential for actin filament formation and for regulating the behavior of actin-associated proteins. In this review, we summarize a subset of such models that focus on the atomistic features and those that can integrate atomistic features into a larger picture in a multiscale fashion.

Keywords: Coarse-graining; Cytoskeleton; Enhanced sampling; Molecular dynamics; Protein dynamics; Protein-protein interactions.

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  • Review