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Computer simulations of the interaction between SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein and different surfaces
Bioactive materials for therapy and diagnosis

Computer simulations of the interaction between SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein and different surfaces


David C. Malaspina and Jordi Faraudo

Biointerphases 15, 051008 (2020)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1116/6.0000502
15 January 2021
A prominent feature of coronaviruses is the presence of a large glycoprotein spike protruding from a lipidic membrane. This glycoprotein spike determines the interaction of coronaviruses with the environment and the host. In this paper, we perform all atomic molecular dynamics simulations of the interaction between the SARS-CoV-2 trimeric glycoprotein spike and surfaces of materials.
We considered a material with high hydrogen bonding capacity (cellulose) and a material capable of strong hydrophobic interactions (graphite). Initially, the spike adsorbs to both surfaces through essentially the same residues belonging to the receptor binding subunit of its three monomers. Adsorption onto cellulose stabilizes in this configuration, with the help of a large number of hydrogen bonds developed between cellulose and the three receptor-binding domains of the glycoprotein spike. In the case of adsorption onto graphite, the initial adsorption configuration is not stable and the surface induces a substantial deformation of the glycoprotein spike with a large number of adsorbed residues not pertaining to the binding subunits of the spike monomers.
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