Free energy of the A-loop opening.

Free energy surfaces of Abl, Src, and drug-resistant mutants projected on the optimal path describing the conformational change of the A-loop from open to closed in Src (CV1) and Abl (CV2). The free energy minima corresponding to an extended A-loop active-like conformation are labeled “A”, “B” is used for A-loop semi-closed (inactive) conformations and “C” for fully closed A-loop conformations. The contour lines are drawn every 1 kcal/mol.