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Distributions of each amino acid in the trans-membrane domain were calculated as a function of the membrane normal using all currently available alpha-helical membrane protein structures with resolutions better than 4 A. The results were compared with previous sequence- and structure-based analyses. Calculation of the average hydrophobicity along the(More)
Fuzzy relation-based models for handling uncertainty (in a non-probabilistic way) in diagnosis problems have been introduced by Sanchez about twenty years ago, and since then applied and developed by several researchers. The paper first reviews the existing proposals, also including the association-based abductive model proposed by Reggia and his(More)
In this paper, a method of simulating the docking of small flexible ligands to flexible receptors in water is reported. The method is based on molecular dynamics simulations and is an extension of an algorithm previously reported by Di Nola et al. (Di Nola et al., Proteins 1994;19:174-182). The method allows a fast exploration of the receptor surface, using(More)
An implicit-membrane representation based on the generalized Born theory of solvation has been developed. The method was parameterized against the water-to-cyclohexane insertion free energies of hydrophobic side-chain analogs. Subsequently, the membrane was compared with experimental data from translocon inserted polypeptides and validated by comparison(More)
An efficient Monte Carlo (MC) algorithm including concerted rotations is directly compared to molecular dynamics (MD) in all-atom statistical mechanics folding simulations of small polypeptides. The previously reported algorithm "concerted rotations with flexible bond angles" (CRA) has been shown to successfully locate the native state of small(More)
The dynamics of collective protein motions derived from Molecular Dynamics simulations have been studied for two small model proteins: initiation factor I and the B1 domain of Protein G. First, we compared the structural fluctuations, obtained by local harmonic approximations in different energy minima, with the ones revealed by large scale molecular(More)
A 300-ps molecular dynamics simulation of the whole Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase dimer has been carried out in water, and the trajectory has been analyzed by the essential dynamics method. The results indicate that the motion is defined by few preferred directions identified by the first four to six eigenvectors and that the motion of the two monomers at(More)
The folding of the amyloidogenic H1 peptide MKHMAGAAAAGAVV taken from the syrian hamster prion protein is explored in explicit aqueous solution at 300 K using long time scale all-atom molecular dynamics simulations for a total simulation time of 1.1 mus. The system, initially modeled as an alpha-helix, preferentially adopts a beta-hairpin structure and(More)
The understanding of protein dynamics is one of the major goals of structural biology. A direct link between protein dynamics and function has been provided by x-ray studies performed on ribonuclease A (RNase A) (B. F. Rasmussen et al., Nature, 1992, Vol. 357, pp. 423-424; L. Vitagliano et al., Proteins: Structure, Function, and Genetics, 2002, Vol. 46, pp.(More)
In this article we use the perturbed matrix method and an extended molecular dynamics sampling of the carbon monoxide (CO) in the myoglobin distal pocket to characterize the CO vibrational spectrum and hence to relate its spectroscopic features with the atomic-molecular behavior. Results show the accuracy of the method employed and confirm the assignment of(More)