Alexander J. Marchut

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Aggregation in the brain of polyglutamine-containing proteins is either a cause or an associated symptom of nine hereditary neurodegenerative disorders including Huntington's disease. The molecular level mechanisms by which these proteins aggregate are still unclear. In an effort to shed light on this important phenomenon, we are investigating the(More)
Annular structures have been observed experimentally in aggregates of polyglutamine-containing proteins and other proteins associated with diseases of the brain. Here we report the observation of annular structures in molecular-level simulations of large systems of model polyglutamine peptides. A system of 24 polyglutamine chains 16 residues long at a(More)
We have investigated the folding of polyalanine by combining discontinuous molecular dynamics simulation with our newly developed off-lattice intermediate-resolution protein model. The thermodynamics of a system containing a single Ac-KA(14)K-NH(2) molecule has been explored by using the replica exchange simulation method to map out the conformational(More)
The pathological manifestation of nine hereditary neurodegenerative diseases is the presence within the brain of aggregates of disease-specific proteins that contain polyglutamine tracts longer than a critical length. To improve our understanding of the processes by which polyglutamine-containing proteins misfold and aggregate, we have conducted molecular(More)
The focus of this study was the determination of mixing patterns and rates inside a cylindrical coating pan. The research for this study was divided into two parts. The first part examined the mixing pattern and the movement of tablets inside of a coating pan experimentally. The second part consisted of using a DEM (Discrete Element Model) simulation to(More)
We developed an engineering model for predicting the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) content uniformity (CU) for a drug product in which the active is coated onto a core. The model is based on a two-zone mechanistic description of the spray coating process in a perforated coating pan. The relative standard deviation (RSD) of the API CU of the coated(More)
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