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Publication . Article . 2005

Mass fractal dimension and the compactness of proteins

Enright, Matthew B.; Leitner, David M.;
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Published: 27 Jan 2005
Publisher: American Physical Society (APS)
Vibrational dynamics and energy flow in a protein are related by Alexander-Orbach theory to the protein's mass fractal dimension $D$ and spectral dimension $\overline{d}$. Burioni et al. [Proteins: Struct., Funct. Bioinf. 55, 529 (2004)] recently proposed a relation between $\overline{d}$ and protein size based on their computational analysis of a set of proteins ranging from about 100 to several thousand amino acids. We report here values for $D$ computed for 200 proteins from the Protein Data Bank (PDB) ranging from about 100 to over 10 000 amino acids and examine variation of $D$ with protein size. The average $D$ is found to be 2.5, significantly smaller than a completely compact three-dimensional collapsed polymer. Indeed, we find that on average a protein in its PDB configuration fills about three-quarters of the volume within the protein surface. Protein mass is also found to scale with radius of gyration with an exponent of 2.5 for this set of proteins.
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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Radius of gyration Mathematics Combinatorics Protein Data Bank computer.file_format computer Exponent Fractal dimension on networks Protein structure Fractal Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB) Fractal dimension

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