It has been suggested that the number and strength of local contacts are the major factors governing conformation accessibility of model two ground-state polypeptide chains. This phenomenology has been posed as a possible factor influencing prion folding. To test this conjecture, recurrence quantification analysis was applied to two model 36mers, and the Syrian hamster prion protein. A unique divergence of the radius function for the recurrence quantification variable %DET of hydrophobicity patterns was observed for both 36mers, and in a critical region of the hamster prion protein. This divergence suggests a partition between strong short- and long-range hydrophobicity patterns, and may be an important factor in prion phenomenology, along with other global thermodynamic factors.
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