Pores formed by the nicotinic receptor m2delta Peptide: a molecular dynamics simulation study.
Law RJ., Tieleman DP., Sansom MS.
The M2delta peptide self-assembles to form a pentameric bundle of transmembrane alpha-helices that is a model of the pore-lining region of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Long (>15 ns) molecular dynamics simulations of a model of the M2delta(5) bundle in a POPC bilayer have been used to explore the conformational dynamics of the channel assembly. On the timescale of the simulation, the bundle remains relatively stable, with the polar pore-lining side chains remaining exposed to the lumen of the channel. Fluctuations at the helix termini, and in the helix curvature, result in closing/opening transitions at both mouths of the channel, on a timescale of approximately 10 ns. On average, water within the pore lumen diffuses approximately 4x more slowly than water outside the channel. Examination of pore water trajectories reveals both single-file and path-crossing regimes to occur at different times within the simulation.