Alfredo Di Nola

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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)
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 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 recent years several implementations of molecular dynamics Ž. Ž. MD codes have been reported on multiple instruction multiple data MIMD machines. However, very few implementations of MD codes on single instruction Ž. multiple data SIMD machines have been reported. The difficulty in using pair lists of nonbonded interactions is the major problem with MD(More)
The characterization of the protein folding process represents one of the major challenges in molecular biology. Here, a method to simulate the folding process of a protein to its native state is reported, the essential dynamics sampling (EDS) method, and is successfully applied to detecting the correct folding pathways of two small proteins, the all-β SH3(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)
In this article we use the recently developed perturbed matrix method (PMM) to investigate the effect of conformational fluctuations on the electronic properties of heme in Myoglobin. This widely studied biomolecule has been chosen as a benchmark for evaluating the accuracy of PMM in a large and complex system. Using a long, 80-ns, molecular dynamics(More)
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