Structural mechanisms for domain movements in proteins

Biochemistry. 1994 Jun 7;33(22):6739-49. doi: 10.1021/bi00188a001.


We survey all the known instances of domain movements in proteins for which there is crystallographic evidence for the movement. We explain these domain movements in terms of the repertoire of low-energy conformation changes that are known to occur in proteins. We first describe the basic elements of this repertoire, hinge and shear motions, and then show how the elements of the repertoire can be combined to produce domain movements. We emphasize that the elements used in particular proteins are determined mainly by the structure of the interfaces between the domains.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Motion
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary*
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Thermodynamics


  • Proteins