Self-Assembly of α-Tocopherol Transfer Protein Nanoparticles: A Patchy Protein Model.

Peltzer, Raphael Mathias; Kolli, Hima Bindu; Stocker, Achim; Cascella, Michele (2018). Self-Assembly of α-Tocopherol Transfer Protein Nanoparticles: A Patchy Protein Model. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122(28), pp. 7066-7072. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b05936

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We describe the mechanism of self-aggregation of α-tocopherol transfer protein into a spherical nanocage employing Monte Carlo simulations. The protein is modeled by a patchy coarse-grained representation, where the protein-protein interfaces, determined in the past by X-ray diffraction, are represented by simplified two-body interaction potentials. Our results show that the oligomerization kinetics proceeds in two steps, with the formation of metastable trimeric units and the subsequent assembly into the spherical aggregates. Data are in agreement with experimental observations regarding the prevalence of different aggregation states at specific ambient conditions. Finally, our results indicate a route for the experimental stabilization of the trimer, crucial for the understanding of the physiological role of such aggregates in vitamin E body trafficking.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

UniBE Contributor:

Stocker, Achim


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry




American Chemical Society




Anja Ebeling

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11 Mar 2020 15:21

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05 Dec 2022 15:37

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