JCVI: Outer Membrane Cytochromes/flavin Interactions in Shewanella Spp.-A Molecular Perspective.
 
 
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Babanova S, Matanovic I, Cornejo J, Bretschger O, Nealson K, Atanassov P

Outer Membrane Cytochromes/flavin Interactions in Shewanella Spp.-A Molecular Perspective.

Biointerphases. 2017 May 31; 12. : 021004.

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Extracellular electron transfer (EET) is intrinsically associated with the core phenomena of energy harvesting/energy conversion in natural ecosystems and biotechnology applications. However, the mechanisms associated with EET are complex and involve molecular interactions that take place at the "bionano interface" where biotic/abiotic interactions are usually explored. This work provides molecular perspective on the electron transfer mechanism(s) employed by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Molecular docking simulations were used to explain the interfacial relationships between two outer-membrane cytochromes (OMC) OmcA and MtrC and riboflavin (RF) and flavin mononucleotide (FMN), respectively. OMC-flavin interactions were analyzed by studying the electrostatic potential, the hydrophilic/hydrophobic surface properties, and the van der Waals surface of the OMC proteins. As a result, it was proposed that the interactions between flavins and OMCs are based on geometrical recognition event. The possible docking positions of RF and FMN to OmcA and MtrC were also shown.