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Finite Element Framework for Mechanics and Dynamics of Supramolecular Protein Assemblies

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Do-Nyun Kim, Reza Sharifi Sedeh, Cong Tri Nguyen, Mark Bathe

MIT, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. NEMB2010-13312, pp. 315-316; 2 pages
  • ASME 2010 First Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology
  • ASME 2010 First Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology
  • Houston, Texas, USA, February 7–10, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME Nanotechnology Council
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4392-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3866-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The conformational dynamics and mechanical properties of supramolecular protein assemblies play a central role in a broad array of cellular functions ranging from migration and division to transcription and translation. The finite element method (FEM) provides a natural framework for the computation of protein normal modes and mechanical response based either on atomic coordinates or electron density maps [1]. Here, we present development of the finite element framework for the computation of actin filament mechanics and solvent damping effects. A new normal modes data bank for structures in the electron microscopy data bank (EMDB [2]) is also presented.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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