THE NORM MATE TRANSPORTER FROM N. GONORRHEAE: INSIGHTS INTO DRUG & ION BINDING FROM ATOMISTIC MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS
The Atomistic simulations of the MATE transporter (NorM_NG) identified the pathway taken by a monovalent cation to enter the cation-binding site of NorM_NG, and the key intermolecular interactions that stabilize this ion within the binding site. The presence of a bound drug molecule does not prevent movement of the ion into the binding site, but may in fact even stabilize it. In addition, the stabilization of the ion in the binding site is likely to cause the protein to proceed to the drug extrusion stage.
Finally, extra atomistic simulations were carried out on NorM_NG and NorM_VC to discover the two-ion binding state in MATE transporters, and the simulations revealed the two-ion binding state does exist in both strain of the MATE transporters.
Life sciences simulation: Biomolecular simulations
Simulation software: Gromacs