Bottom-Up Coarse-Graining of Peptide Ensembles and Helix–Coil Transitions

This work investigates the capability of bottom-up methods for parametrizing minimal coarse-grained (CG) models of disordered and helical peptides. We consider four high-resolution peptide ensembles that demonstrate varying degrees of complexity. For each high-resolution ensemble, we parametrize a CG model via the multiscale coarse-graining (MS-CG) method, which employs a generalized Yvon–Born–Green (g-YBG) relation to determine potentials directly (i.e., without iteration) from the high-resolution ensemble. We demonstrate that the errors in the MS-CG model primarily stem from the lack of cooperative interactions afforded by the minimal representation and molecular mechanics potential. This work demonstrates the potential of the MS-CG method for accurately modeling complex biomolecular structures, but also highlights the importance of more complex potentials for modeling cooperative transitions with a minimal CG representation.

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