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Data from: Entropic bonding of the type 1 pilus from experiment and simulation


Corsetti, Fabiano et al. (2020), Data from: Entropic bonding of the type 1 pilus from experiment and simulation, Dryad, Dataset,


The type 1 pilus is a bacterial filament consisting of a long coiled proteic chain of subunits joined together by non-covalent bonding between complementing β-strands. Its strength and structural stability are critical for its anchoring function in uropathogenic Escherichia coli bacteria. The pulling and unravelling of the FimG subunit of the pilus was recently studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) experiments and steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations [A. Alonso-Caballero et al., Nature Commun. 9, 2758 (2018)]. In this work we perform a quantitative comparison between experiment and simulation, showing a good agreement in the underlying work values for the unfolding. The simulation results are then used to estimate the free energy difference for the detachment of FimG from the complementing strand of the neighbouring subunit in the chain, FimF. Finally, we show that the large free energy difference for the unravelling and detachment of the subunits which leads to the high stability of the chain is entirely entropic in nature.


Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Award: BFU2015-71964,BIO2016-77390-R,FIS2012-37549-C05,FIS2015-64886-C5-1-P

Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa, Award: Exp. 97/14 (Wet Nanoscopy)