VIII. Protein Folding Simulations by a Generalized-Ensemble Algorithm Based on Tsallis Statistics

  • Y. Okamoto
  • U.H.E. Hansmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 560)


We review uses of Tsallis statistical mechanics as a generalized-ensemble simulation algorithm in the protein folding problem. A simulation based on this algorithm performs a random walk in energy space, and it allows one not only to find the global-minimum-energy conformation but also to obtain probability distributions in canonical ensemble for a wide temperature range from only one simulation run. The folding properties of a penta peptide, Met-enkephalin, are studied by this algorithm.


Monte Carlo Free Energy Barrier Free Energy Landscape Canonical Distribution Boltzmann Weight 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Okamoto
    • 1
  • U.H.E. Hansmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical Studies, Institute for Molecular Science and Dept. of Funct. Mol. Sci.The Graduate University for Advanced StudiesAichiJapan
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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