It is, nowadays, possible to simulate biological processes in conditions that mimic the different cellular compartments. Several groups have performed these calculations using molecular models that vary in performance and accuracy. In many cases, the atomistic degrees of freedom have been eliminated, sacrificing both structural complexity and chemical specificity to be able to explore slow processes. In this review, we will discuss the insights gained from computer simulations on macromolecule diffusion, nuclear body formation, and processes involving the genetic material inside cell-mimicking spaces. We will also discuss the challenges to generate new models suitable for the simulations of biological processes on a cell scale and for cell-cycle-long times, including non-equilibrium events such as the co-translational folding, misfolding, and aggregation of proteins. A prominent role will be played by the wise choice of the structural simplifications and, simultaneously, of a relatively complex energetic description. These challenging tasks will rely on the integration of experimental and computational methods, achieved through the application of efficient algorithms.
Biophysical Reviews – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 28, 2017
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
Read and print from thousands of top scholarly journals.
Bookmark this article. You can see your Bookmarks on your DeepDyve Library.
ok to continue