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General Protocol for Constructing Molecular Models of Nanodiscs

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posted on 28.05.2021, 17:33 by Lisbeth R. Kjølbye, Leonardo De Maria, Tsjerk A. Wassenaar, Haleh Abdizadeh, Siewert J. Marrink, Jesper Ferkinghoff-Borg, Birgit Schiøtt
Nanodisc technology is increasingly being applied for structural and biophysical studies of membrane proteins. In this work, we present a general protocol for constructing molecular models of nanodiscs for molecular dynamics simulations. The protocol is written in python and based on geometric equations, making it fast and easy to modify, enabling automation and customization of nanodiscs in silico. The novelty being the ability to construct any membrane scaffold protein (MSP) variant fast and easy given only an input sequence. We validated and tested the protocol by simulating seven different nanodiscs of various sizes and with different membrane scaffold proteins, both circularized and noncircularized. The structural and biophysical properties were analyzed and shown to be in good agreement with previously reported experimental data and simulation studies.