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Interaction Analysis of T7 RNA Polymerase with Heparin and Its Low Molecular Weight Derivatives – An In Silico Approach

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Bioinformatics and Biology Insights 2016:10 155-166

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Published on 29 Aug 2016

DOI: 10.4137/BBI.S40427

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The single subunit T7 RNA polymerase (T7RNAP) is a model enzyme for studying the transcription process and for various biochemical and biophysical studies. Heparin is a commonly used inhibitor against T7RNAP and other RNA polymerases. However, exact interaction between heparin and T7RNAP is still not completely understood. In this work, we analyzed the binding pattern of heparin by docking heparin and few of its low molecular weight derivatives to T7RNAP, which helps in better understanding of T7RNAP inhibition mechanism. The efficiency of the compounds was calculated by docking the selected compounds and post-docking molecular mechanics/generalized Born surface area analysis. Evaluation of the simulation trajectories and binding free energies of the complexes after simulation showed enoxaparin to be the best among low molecular weight heparins. Binding free energy analysis revealed that van der Waals interactions and polar solvation energy provided the substantial driving force for the binding process. Furthermore, per-residue free energy decomposition analysis revealed that the residues Asp 471, Asp 506, Asp 537, Tyr 571, Met 635, Asp 653, Pro 780, and Asp 812 are important for heparin interaction. Apart from these residues, most favorable contribution in all the three complexes came from Asp 506, Tyr 571, Met 635, Glu 652, and Asp 653, which can be essential for binding of heparin-like structures with T7RNAP. The results obtained from this study will be valuable for the future rational design of novel and potent inhibitors against T7RNAP and related proteins.




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