Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) and multidomain proteins with flexible linkers show a high level of structural heterogeneity and are best described by ensembles consisting of multiple conformations with associated thermodynamic weights. Determining conformational ensembles usually involves the integration of biophysical experiments and computational models. In this review, we discuss current approaches to determine conformational ensembles of IDPs and multidomain proteins, including the choice of biophysical experiments, computational models used to sample protein conformations, models to calculate experimental observables from protein structure, and methods to refine ensembles against experimental data. We also provide examples of recent applications of integrative conformational ensemble determination to study IDPs and multidomain proteins and suggest future directions for research in the field.
Conformational ensembles of intrinsically disordered proteins and flexible multidomain proteins
F. Emil Thomasen, Kresten Lindorff-Larsen; Conformational ensembles of intrinsically disordered proteins and flexible multidomain proteins. Biochem Soc Trans 28 February 2022; 50 (1): 541–554. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BST20210499
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