Origination of the Protein Fold Repertoire from Oily Pluripotent Peptides
AbstractWhile the repertoire of protein folds that exists today underlies most of life’s capabilities, our mechanistic picture of protein fold origination is incomplete. This paper discusses a hypothetical mechanism for the emergence of the protein fold repertoire from highly dynamic and collapsed peptides, exemplified by peptides with high oil content or hydrophobicity. These peptides are called pluripotent to emphasize their capacity to evolve into numerous folds transiently available to them. As evidence, the paper will discuss previous simulation work on the superior fold evolvability of oily peptides, trace (“fossil”) evidence within proteomes seen today, and a general relationship between protein dynamism and evolvability. Aside from implications on the origination of protein folds, the hypothesis implies that the vanishing utility of a random peptide in protein origination may be relatively exaggerated, as some random peptides with a certain composition (e.g., oily) may fare better than others. In later sections, the hypothesis is discussed in the context of existing discussions regarding the spontaneous origination of biomolecules.
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Mannige, R.V. Origination of the Protein Fold Repertoire from Oily Pluripotent Peptides. Proteomes 2014, 2, 154-168.
Mannige RV. Origination of the Protein Fold Repertoire from Oily Pluripotent Peptides. Proteomes. 2014; 2(2):154-168.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mannige, Ranjan V. 2014. "Origination of the Protein Fold Repertoire from Oily Pluripotent Peptides." Proteomes 2, no. 2: 154-168.