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Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a member of an expanding family of neurotrophic factors (including brain-derived neurotrophic factor and the neurotrophins) that control the development and survival of certain neuronal populations both in the peripheral and in the central nervous systems. Its biological effects are mediated by a high-affinity ligand-receptor(More)
We present the first package of Java classes specifically aimed at the handling of structural and biophysical problems. To enable object-oriented programming a basis of fundamental Java classes is required which deals with basic operations of vectors, matrices, amino acid sequences, crystal symmetries and PDB files. Five classes, which carry out these basic(More)
Crystals of monellin, a sweet protein from Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii, were grown by vapor diffusion of 20% ethanol into buffered protein solution. The crystals are orthorhombic, belonging to space group P2(1)2(1)2, with a = 54.4 A, b = 113.0 A, c = 40.8 A, and V = 250,300 A(3). The asymmetric unit contains two complete molecules of monellin. The(More)
The solution structure of Escherichia coli DNA gyrase, an enzyme that catalyzes the ATP-dependent supercoiling of DNA, has been characterized by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and dynamic light-scattering (DLS). The enzyme and its complex with a 172 base-pair fragment of duplex DNA, in H2O or 2H2O solvent, were studied by contrast variation and the(More)
X-ray diffraction photographs of protein single crystals have been obtained using synchrotron radiation produced by an electron-positron storage ring. The diffracted intensities observed with this unconventional source are a factor of at least 60 greater than those obtained with a sealed x-ray tube using the same crystal and instrumental parameters.(More)
Proper treatment of long-range Coulombic forces presents a major obstacle to providing realistic molecular dynamics simulations of macromolecules. Traditional approximations made to lessen computational cost ultimately lead to unrealistic behavior. The particle mesh Ewald method accommodates long-range Coulombic forces accurately and efficiently by use of(More)
Crystals of the nerve growth factor protein were grown by vapor diffusion from ethanol solution. The crystals are hexagonal, belonging to space group P622 (or its enantiomorph) with a equals 56.1 A, c equals 181.4 A, and V equals 494,400 A. The unit cell contains six molecules of dimeric protein and thus has one monomer per asymmetric unit. The diffraction(More)