Based on a consideration of the probable structure of calmodulin and sonic natural peptides known to interact with it, two calmodulin‐binding peptides were designed. These peptides bind to calmodulin in helical conformations and are capable of forming electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions with calmodulin. Their dissocation constants for binding (⩽ 210 and 400 pM) place them as the tightest‐binding inhibitors of calmodulin thus far reported. The study of the interactions of these and similar peptides with calmodulin will provide valuable insights into the mechanisms whereby calmodulin binds to target enzymes, and it also serves as an excellent model system for exploring the physical chemistry of protein‐protein interaction.
- calmodulin‐peptide interactions
- peptide design
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology