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Molecular dynamics simulations of biological membranes have come of age. Simulations of pure lipid bilayers are extending our understanding of both optimal simulation procedures and the detailed structural dynamics of lipids in these systems. Simulation methods established using simple bilayer-embedded peptides are being extended to a wide range of membrane proteins and membrane protein models, and are beginning to reveal some of the complexities of membrane protein structural dynamics and their relationship to biological function.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr Opin Struct Biol

Publication Date

04/2000

Volume

10

Pages

174 - 181

Keywords

1,2-Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, Bacterial Proteins, Cholesterol, Computer Simulation, Dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine, Lipid Bilayers, Membrane Lipids, Membrane Proteins, Models, Chemical, Models, Molecular, Peptides, Phospholipids, Porins, Potassium Channels, Protein Conformation, Protein Structure, Secondary, Protein Structure, Tertiary