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L. Hong, B. Lindner, N. Smolin, A. Sokolov, and J. C Smith (2011)

Three Classes of Motion in the Dynamic Neutron-Scattering Susceptibility of a Globular Protein

Physical Review Letters, 107(14):148102.

A simplified description of the 295 K dynamics of a globular protein over a wide frequency range (1–1000 GHz) is obtained by combining neutron scattering of lysozyme with molecular dynamics simulation. The molecular dynamics simulation agrees quantitatively with experiment for both the protein and the hydration water and shows that, whereas the hydration water molecules subdiffuse, the protein atoms undergo confined motion decomposable into three distinct classes: localized diffusion, methyl group rotations, and jumps. Each of the three classes gives rise to a characteristic neutron susceptibility signal.

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