Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Donald Hamelberg

Second Advisor

Gregory Poon

Third Advisor

Maged Henary


Among the peptidyl prolyl isomerases, the Cyclophilin family of proteins has been linked to various cellular activities such as regulation of homeostasis, mitochondrial permeability, and cell death. Their functionality spans throughout the cell and throughout all cell types as different isoforms. Previous studies done on Cyclophilin A revealed an interesting contact ensemble when bound to a substrate. Because of the similarity of CypA to its homologues, it is believed that they too will exhibit the same contact dynamics. We have defined the dynamics of cyclophilin isoforms through Molecular Dynamics simulations and determined their contact dynamics, characterizing their contact ensembles, and their relative dynamical conservation to each other.

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